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Zoo (2007)

Unrated | | Documentary | 30 May 2008 (UK)
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A look at the life of an Enumclaw, Washington man who died as a result of an unusual encounter with a horse.

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Robinson Devor
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Coyote Coyote ... Himself
Jenny Edwards Jenny Edwards ... Herself
John Edwards John Edwards ... Himself
John Paulsen ... Mr. Hands
Ron Carrier Ron Carrier ... The Happy Horseman
Russell Hodgkinson ... H
Tom Gormally Tom Gormally ... The Polishman
Forest Fousel Forest Fousel ... Capitol Hill man (as Forest L. Fousel)
Brad Harrington Brad Harrington ... Bremerton man
Andrew Scott McIntyre Andrew Scott McIntyre ... Military man (as Andrew McIntyre)
Richard Carmen ... Mr. Hands' brother
Ken Kreps ... Mr. Hand's father
Malayka Gormally Malayka Gormally ... Mr. Hands' wife
Conor Gormally Conor Gormally ... Mr. Hands' son
Robert Padilla Robert Padilla ... The rancher
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A look at the life of an Enumclaw, Washington man who died as a result of an unusual encounter with a horse.

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We are not who we appear to be.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 May 2008 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Zoofilia See more »

Filming Locations:

Seattle, Washington, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,920, 29 April 2007, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$69,032, 8 July 2007
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1.78 : 1
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The horse performer in this movie was a Thoroughbred mare named 'Somebodys Baby', and is a former successful racehorse. The horse in the incident portrayed was in reality an Arabian stallion. See more »

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Referenced in The Exploding Girl (2009) See more »

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Horseback-riding… Only, in reverse!
26 February 2008 | by CoventrySee all my reviews

Please don't let the graphic title of this user-comment mislead you (I just couldn't resist writing this), as "Zoo" is – in fact - everything but an exploitative and perverted excuse to finally revolve a movie on the controversial topic of bestiality. As strange as it may sound, this documentary/drama is actually very sober, tasteful and not the least bit disrespectful towards people with peculiar (to put it mildly) sexual likings. Robinson Devor, the young and clearly promising young writer/director of "Zoo", based himself on real events as they occurred in Seattle in 2005. A middle aged and divorced man died there as a result of internal bleedings after – and here comes the kicker – experiencing sexual intercourse with a horse. The media promptly jumped onto this story and in practically no time the authorities unraveled a small but nevertheless fanatic network of people who regularly gathered for a weekend of beer, pizza and … animal sex. The "shocking" news spawned a giant debate and even some riots because apparently there weren't any laws against bestiality in the state of Washington at the time and all sorts of animal rights organizations launched hate-campaigns. Rather than to bluntly categorize the Zoos (short term for Zoophiles) as sick & twisted individuals as well, Devor's film digs a lot deeper into their pasts and personalities. The documentary primarily depicts these Zoos as confused and introverted people with a devoted affection for animals. Of course this doesn't justify their sexual preferences, but at least you don't simply label them as a bunch of perverted freaks. In the hands of any other random exploitation-filmmaker, "Zoo" probably would have existed of nothing more than images of slavering rednecks cheering and queuing to bend over in front of a horse. There isn't a single explicit shot to be found in "Zoo" and the story hardly even hints at sleaze or schlock. If anything, you almost feel like Robinson Devor is to blame for patronizing & protecting these Zoophiles too much, but then still you don't as they already suffered more than enough scandal in various other media. The narrative and filming style of "Zoo" is also quite original and refreshing. The on screen characters are, with the exception of some supportive ones, hired actors but the guiding voice-overs come from actual interviews with the real Zoos. The bitterness and noticeable martyr-tone in their voices gives a whole unique dimension of realism to the film. The photography is truly enchanting and the sober music, oh my God the music, literally sent cold shivers down my spine. Regardless of the questionable subject matter, "Zoo" is a dreamy & highly elegant film that comes with my highest possible recommendation.


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