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Bestiaire (2012)

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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.

Director:

Denis Côté

Writer:

Denis Côté
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Beasts and humans: Along the rhythm of the changing seasons, they watch each other. 'Bestiary' unfolds like a filmed picture book about mutual observation, about peculiar perception. A contemplation of a stable imbalance, and of loose, tranquil and indefinable elements. Written by metafilms

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Documentary

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Not Rated
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Canada | France

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None

Release Date:

27 February 2013 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Bestiarium See more »

Filming Locations:

Hemingford, Québec, Canada

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Budget:

CAD 50,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$350, 16 November 2012, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,428, 18 November 2012
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Dolby Digital

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Color
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"a film to see with the eyes of an animal" . .. uh, OK
5 March 2013 | by marymorrisseySee all my reviews

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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