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Acera, or the Witches' Dance (1972)

Acéra ou Le bal des sorcières (original title)
In mud flats along the coast of Brittany we watch acera, small ball-shaped mollusks that are about two inches in diameter. They rest in mud; then, in water, they dance, their skirt-like ... See full summary »
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In mud flats along the coast of Brittany we watch acera, small ball-shaped mollusks that are about two inches in diameter. They rest in mud; then, in water, they dance, their skirt-like hood spreading like a dervish's cassock. They spin and spin. The film adds musical accompaniment. We watch them mate and secrete eggs: acera are both male and female, and can form chains with other acera in which they simultaneously mate as a male and as a female. The eggs hatch, and the cycle begins again. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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A muddy affair
2 April 2016 | by (Berlin, Germany) – See all my reviews

"Acera, or the Witches' Dance" is a French-language documentary film from the 1970s, so this one is already almost 45 years old and still it is one of the last works by the renowned Jean Painlevé. I must say I had no idea what aceras (and apparently doesn't IMDb as the word is not known to spell check program) were and it's still very ominous I have to admit. I guess these creatures are simply not interesting to anybody except biologists and scientists, so maybe they deserve their status. Anyway, this 13-minute movie here is not among the most or least known works by Painlevé and that is fine. It is nothing general audiences need to watch. And I include myself here. Not recommended.


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