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Why Dogs Smile & Chimpanzees Cry (1999)

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Is it human conceit to attribute emotions to animal actions, or are emotions basic to life on earth? Wildlife filmmakers and scientists make a convincing argument for the latter in this gripping film.

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Is it human conceit to attribute emotions to animal actions, or are emotions basic to life on earth? Wildlife filmmakers and scientists make a convincing argument for the latter in this gripping film.

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Remarkable. Realistic yet uplifting. A keeper.
4 February 2001 | by (Fairfield County) – See all my reviews

Spellbinding! Be forewarned: it is occasionally harsh but the compassion and empathy displayed are undeniable.

Although I eschew network presentations, this captured me totally from beginning to end. As a matter of fact, I wished it were longer, almost endless. Network is apt to pander to those less informed, perhaps somewhat shallow, to people who go "Whoo" upon seeing a kiss or suggestive situation. Well, you can rise above that level here.

We are treated to family life among those who cannot vocalize in our tongue(s) but whose actions speak volumes. The caring, compassion, dedication and love evidenced by creatures we sometimes categorize as beneath us is overwhelming. Mothers grieve for stillborn infants or, surprisingly, patiently wait for a healing process rather than choosing abandonment. Their senses are keen, untarnished by cynicism or ennui. They recognize and act upon instincts we have lost. They are playful, sincerely enjoying spontaneous fun. They grieve, they laugh, they pout, they appreciate joy when given a special consideration, they enjoy whatever good life gives without question or judgment. Meercats (delightfully quick, thin creatures I've never seen) endure harsh lives in arid surroundings. but care enough for an ill member to sacrifice vital necessities when what that member needs most is companionship. They protect us, sometimes sacrificing their own lives to protect us, simply because that is what love is about.

The scientific community may dismiss these 'human' attributes -- I cannot. If you've had a pet with whom you've established a valid bond, you will relish this film. If you consider the 'lower' life forms as selfish, concerned solely with survival, somewhat apart from us, I hope you would be open-minded enough to give this inspiring film a look, an opportunity to weave its spell on you. My soul was touched deeply; I hope you allow it to impact your life.


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