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Nenette + Animals and More Animals (DVD)

Directed by : Nicolas Philibert
Cast : Nénette
Crew : Philippe Hersant
Available Date : 11/30/-0001
Release Year : 1996
Running Time : 57
UPC : 738329075422
Country : France
Language: French with English subtitles
Genre : Nature, Documentary
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Nenette

Nenette is an enchanting lady in her fortieth year, and the oldest resident of the Menagerie du Jardin des Plantes in Paris. She is also an orangutan. Famed documentarian Nicolas Philibert (To Be and to Have) sensitively captures her engaging personality in this "fascinating study" (San Francisco Chronicle) of life lived behind a zoo's walls.

Born in 1969 in Borneo and brought to France in 1972, Nenette has spent the vast majority of her life in captivity, but it has not been a bore. She has outlived three husbands, borne four children, and baffled zookeepers with her inscrutable mood swings. Philibert fixes his camera on her for the entire running time, revealing both a disdainful diva and a kind, mournful soul. Her enigmatic gaze begs for interpretation, raising serious questions about the morality of caging animals. Even her keepers speculate as to the thoughts percolating behind her aged brow.

NENETTE is an "absorbing, contemplative film" (The Guardian), and essential viewing for animal lovers the world over. It searches for the spirit of an orangutan, and finds it.

Animals and More Animals

After nearly thirty years of being shut away from the public, the stuffed animals of Paris's Natural History Museum are about to see the light of day agin.

In ANIMALS AND MORE ANIMALS, Nicolas Philibert and his unobtrusive crew are there to chronicle the 1994 preparations for the animals' return. It's a glimpse into the world behind the displays of a major museum, focusing on the fascinating work of the taxidermists.

Product Extras :

This 2-Disc Set includes two films by acclaimed director Nicolas Philibert: NÉNETTE and ANIMALS AND MORE ANIMALS.

UV Canada Link : https://unobstructedview.com/nenette-2-disc-set-w-animals-more-animals-kin075422-web.html

Nenette

  • Nicolas Philibert - Director
  • Nénette - Herself
  • Philippe Hersant - Composer

Animals and More Animals

  • Nicolas Philibert - Director
  • Philippe Hersant - Composer

Reviews

"OUSTANDING. Hypnotically captures the peculiar life of a 40-year-old orangutan living in a Paris zoo." - J.S. Marcus, The Wall Street Journal

"Remarkable!" - Sight and Sound

"Surprisingly touching" - New York Magazine

4 Stars - The Boston Phoenix

"Surrealistically thrilling! Fascinates!" - Jay Carr, amNY

"A picture of man's relationship to nature that is every bit as beguiling as a Rousseau." - Nathan Lee, THE NEW YORK TIMES

"Delightful... There's a strange primal melancholy to this frozen kingdom that Philibert both respects and finds wryly amusing, especially when specimens are being poked, painted and spruced by human hands." - Dennis Harvey, VARIETY

Awards

Official Selection: Berlin International Film Festival, Edinburgh International Film Festival, Hot Docs, Canadian International Documentary Festival.

WINNER: Golden Gate Award, San Francisco Int'l Film Festival

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