Bestiaire (2012)

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Curious, compelling and compassionate, Denis Côté's contemplative portrait of animals in captivity is, put simply, a series of beautifully framed and composed tableaux of a variety of animals at Quebec's Parc Safari; but it's also a complex meditation on the relationship between man, beast and environment. Côté lets his often startling imagery speak for itself, giving us, the viewer, plenty time, and food, for thought.

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Documentary, Drama, Art House & International, Special Interest
Directed By: , ,
Written By: Denis Côté
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Box Office: $1.4k
Runtime:
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Critic Reviews for Bestiaire

All Critics (23) | Top Critics (10)

Whether one is an animal lover or not, the chance to in essence sit with these animals as if up close and in their pens is remarkable and engaging.

Full Review… | February 20, 2013
Los Angeles Times
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The images are meant to accumulate shame, and they do. But they also might be too much.

Full Review… | January 2, 2013
Boston Globe
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The question the camera seems to ask is: What are animals to us and what are we to them?

Full Review… | December 7, 2012
Globe and Mail
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Look closely at how Côté approaches those metal bars - you're never quite sure what will pop into view and who the real prisoners are.

Full Review… | December 6, 2012
Toronto Star
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Mr. Côté ... forces you to look at the often unseen. It may not be pretty, but it is essential viewing.

Full Review… | October 18, 2012
New York Times
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For the most part, it shows exactly what it shows, so that when even the simplest cinematic mediation insinuates itself, it feels a bit like poetry - or conceptual magic.

Full Review… | October 18, 2012
NPR
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Audience Reviews for Bestiaire

Bestiaire is not a traditional movie in the sense that there is a logical start, middle and ending although the changes in the seasons acts like one in a way. Here we have Parc Safari, a favourite place for me as a child and what we are doing is observing the animals. While they are aware of the camera, they are not obsessed with it like a person might be. So we get to see them "raw" and acting in all sorts of manners to the enclosures that they are put in throughout the year.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

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