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Jacques Perrin and Jacques Cluzaud return to the lush green forests, when the ice retreated, and the cycle of seasons was established. SEASONS is the awe-inspiring tale of the long shared history that binds humankind and nature.

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Jacques Perrin, Jacques Cluzaud (co-director)

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Jacques Cluzaud (screenplay), Stéphane Durand | 1 more credit »
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Jacques Perrin and Jacques Cluzaud return to the lush green forests, when the ice retreated, and the cycle of seasons was established. SEASONS is the awe-inspiring tale of the long shared history that binds humankind and nature.

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Rated PG for thematic elements and related images | See all certifications »
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France | Germany

Language:

French | German

Release Date:

25 November 2016 (USA) See more »

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Alfosool See more »

Filming Locations:

Ain, Rhône-Alpes, France See more »

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Budget:

€33,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$27,134, 25 November 2016, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$119,091, 6 January 2017

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$124,205, 15 January 2017
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Dolby Atmos

Color:

Color

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2.35 : 1
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The rise and fall of the European deep forest
23 December 2016 | by paul-allaerSee all my reviews

"Seasons" (2015 release from France; 97 min.) is a nature documentary that looks at the rise (after the Ice Age) and fall (since the arrival of humans in particular as from the Middle Ages) of the deep forests in Europe. As the movie opens, we get a crash course in how forests grew and expanded in Europe following the 80,000 years of the Ice Age. It's not long before we settle in those deep forests and we get a glimpse and more as to what animal life was (is?) like in the forest. Deer, bison, wolves, owls, foxes, bears, spiders, horses, porcupines, birds of many kinds, all make their appearances.

Couple of comments: this is the latest documentary from French director Jacques Perrin, best known for his previously acclaimed films "Winged Migration" and "Disney's Oceans". Here he goes in similar territory as in "Winged Migration", in fact there is footage in "Seasons" that follows birds migrating towards the Arctic Circle, and it's as if you are flying along, just unbelievable footage. The first hour of the documentary, focusing on "the golden age of the forest", is absolutely terrific. The footage on the ferocious fight between 2 bears is amazing, as is the chase of several horses by a wolf pack. Wow, just wow. The documentary loses steam when in the last half hour it goes political and addresses the effects of those bad humans on nature in general, and forests in particular. But in the end it's all about the amazing footage that Perrin and his crew were able to garner for this documentary. Please note that the title "Seasons" is a bit misleading as the movie really doesn't focus on the weather-related seasons.

"Seasons" opened last weekend without any pre-release fanfare or buzz at my local art-house theater here in Cincinnati. If it weren't for Perrin's name being on this, I doubt that I would've paid much attention to this. The Thursday evening screening where I saw this at was attended okay but not great (maybe 10 people in the theater). This documentary is not earth-shattering or even all that revelatory, but I enjoyed it for the footage. Worth checking out if you get a chance, be it in the theater, on Amazon Instant Video or eventually on DVD/Blu-ray.


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