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Microcosmos (1996)

Microcosmos: Le peuple de l'herbe (original title)
A documentary on insect life in meadows and ponds.
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Complete credited cast:
Jacques Perrin ... Récitant / Narrator (French version) (voice)
Kristin Scott Thomas ... Narrator (English version) (voice)
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A documentary of insect life in meadows and ponds, using incredible close-ups, slow motion, and time-lapse photography. It includes bees collecting nectar, ladybugs eating mites, snails mating, spiders wrapping their catch, a scarab beetle relentlessly pushing its ball of dung uphill, endless lines of caterpillars, an underwater spider creating an air bubble to live in, and a mosquito hatching. Written by Will Gilbert

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It's Jurassic Park in your own back yard. See more »

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Documentary

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G | See all certifications »

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France | Switzerland | Italy

Language:

French

Release Date:

6 September 1996 (Switzerland) See more »

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Microcosmos See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

CHF 5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$35,189, 13 October 1996, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,573,842, 2 February 1997
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| (Miramax)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Filmed over a period of three years. See more »

Crazy Credits

In the end credits: Le Conseil Général de L'Aveyron and SIVOM des Monts et Lacs du Lévezou extend the adventure in the world of insects at the Jean-Henri Fabre Center of Saint-Léons in Lévezou, opening in 1998. See more »

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Fascinating and beautiful!
31 October 2003 | by Mikew3001See all my reviews

"Microcosmos" is definitely one of the best animal documentary movies ever made! It's not about the most bizarre and exotic animals somewhere in Africa, but shows the all-day life of tiny insects like flies, spiders, bugs, ants, frogs, worms and snails in a French forest. There are nearly no comments, but well-chosen classical music adds a fascinating rhythm, dynamics and atmosphere to the stunning pictures... the French filmmakers just don't watch the tiny animals like scientists, but point out the beauty of their appearances, movements, actions and searches for food. Every single insect appears like painted from an artist and is shown in full close-up so that you can discover many new sides about the small animals somewhere in your own garden... and if you've watched a really romantic love scene by two snails know what "natural beauty" really means... highly recommended!


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