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Bestiaire (2012)

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Average Rating: 7.5/10
Reviews Counted: 20
Fresh: 17
Rotten: 3

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

Average Rating: 7.4/10
Reviews Counted: 9
Fresh: 7
Rotten: 2

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

AUDIENCE SCORE

Average Rating: 3/5
User Ratings: 185

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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:
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Written By:
Denis Côté
In Theaters:
Box Office:
$1.4k
Runtime:
Zeitgeist Films - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Bestiaire

All Critics (23) | Top Critics (10) | Fresh (17) | Rotten (3)

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
Top Critic

The images are meant to accumulate shame, and they do. But they also might be too much.

Full Review… | January 2, 2013
Boston Globe
Top Critic

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
Top Critic

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
Top Critic

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
Top Critic

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
Top Critic

I am equally fascinated and unnerved by the experience, which is why I will surely return again.

Full Review… | May 22, 2013
Movie Metropolis

A meditative movie that turns into a call for compassion for all the animals exploited for entertainment in zoos, safari parks, and circuses.

Full Review… | April 2, 2013
Spirituality and Practice

Minimalism, but without the aesthetic

Full Review… | March 28, 2013
Movie Habit

Because most people are used to films that tell stories or make arguments, the natural response is to impose meaning on the images in Bestiaire, a response that reduces their immediateness and reality.

Full Review… | March 4, 2013
PopMatters

Although there is no narration or manipulative music track, Denis Côté's long-take documentary look at Parc Safari in Hemmingford, Quebec, screams out (quietly) on the side of animal rights.

Full Review… | January 1, 2013
Boston Phoenix

The film is at turns mundane, poetic, disturbing and comical...invites all kinds of reactions, from our urge to anthromorphize animals to a desire to truly understand them.

Full Review… | December 30, 2012
Reeling Reviews

Bestiaire isn't for everyone. It demands a patient audience willing to fill in the gaps between Côté's striking compositions and telling montage.

Full Review… | December 20, 2012
NOW Toronto

Bestiaire accommodates multiple readings, allowing its audience to project theories about spectatorship and captivity onto its silent beasts of burden.

Full Review… | November 15, 2012
Time Out Chicago

Bestiaire argues persuasively without words, making a case without explicating one at all.

Full Review… | October 16, 2012
Slant Magazine

These beasts live a compromised life and Bestiaire raises questions as to whether mankind's best intentions justify the sacrifices they have unwittingly made.

Full Review… | August 19, 2012
Screen-Space

This is a challenging and rewarding piece that reflects your own thoughts as much as those of the filmmaker.

Full Review… | June 17, 2012
Eye for Film

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.

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