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Bestiaire -- Fascinating and beguiling, Bestiaire is Denis Côté's mesmerizing meditation on the relationship between man and beast.


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27 February 2013 (France) See more »
Along the rhythm of the seasons, beasts and humans regard each other. 'Bestiary' unfolds like a picture book about mutual observation. A contemplation of a stable imbalance, and of loose, tranquil and indefinable elements. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Directed by
Denis Côté 
Writing credits
Denis Côté 

Produced by
Sylvain Corbeil .... producer
Denis Côté .... producer
Cinematography by
Vincent Biron 
Film Editing by
Nicolas Roy 
Sound Department
Frederic Cloutier .... sound
Nicolas Gagnon .... foley artist
Cyrille Lauwerier .... sound mixer
Cyrille Lauwerier .... sound re-recording mixer
Fanny Dubois Nguyen .... assistant foley artist
Other crew
Laurent Boyé .... international festival publicity team: telefilm canada (as Laurent Boye)
Francis Ouellette .... distribution: Canada

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"a film to see with the eyes of an animal" . .. uh, OK, 5 March 2013
Author: marymorrissey from United States

long winded, short on substance, big on intentionally poorly composed shots which, if they are meant to suggest the POV of an animal, are an insult to our 4 footed friends.

what is really most irritating about this film is the pretense at some sort of 'objectivity' (primarily through shots that give the impression nobody was looking through the camera viewfinder and editing of sequences that for large stretches simply go nowhere) which in fact is anything but - rather "Bestiare" evinces soft pedaled but nonetheless smarmy, constant clucking, moralizing, pontificating high dudgeon from first frame to last. a great effort is made to 'rigorously' dehumanize the people who participated on camera. why sure, we're stupid enough an audience to imagine the "bestiary" is run by zombies, no heavy handed manipulation there.

Something tells me that auteur and crew helped themselves to all manner of meat, fish and poultry all the days of their lives before summoning up the quiet indignation that results in a film like "bestiary". cause that would just be so typical... and a hoity toity typical typifies "Bestiare".

A glance at this director's CV and my jaw dropped at his fecundity. But if this is typical of the films he makes, they really might be cranked out at the rate of about a per week.

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