Nenette (2010)



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She's a 40-year-old longtime Parisian, with an unruly mop of red hair and soulful, close-set dark brown eyes. Nénette is introspec- tive, perhaps melancholic, but beloved by those who visit her daily. After "having worn out three husbands" and given birth to four children, she's convalescing from major surgery, and looks forward to life's simple pleasures, like tea and yogurt at 4:30 each afternoon. Nénette is an orangutan in the famed Jardin des Plantes Exotiques zoo, and acclaimed … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Documentary, Drama, Art House & International
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On DVD: May 24, 2011
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Critic Reviews for Nenette

All Critics (33) | Top Critics (11)

The collection of images and tidbits of information raise interesting questions about keeping animals in captivity.

Full Review… | February 25, 2011
Washington Post
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The persistent gaze in both directions raises unanswered questions about captivity and voyeurism.

Full Review… | February 25, 2011
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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For all but the most devoted animal watchers, the film may come across as slow and repetitive.

Full Review… | February 3, 2011
Seattle Times
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Small details are magnified by Philibert's long, quiet takes, and Nénette's mundane human characteristics make us consider our own lives and how we relate to the natural world.

Full Review… | February 2, 2011
Time Out
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Zoo creatures seem like funny caricatures during a short visit. After 67 minutes of observation, Nénette seems stuck in a dreamlike limbo, disconnected from the world, going through the motions, waiting patiently to die.

Full Review… | January 27, 2011
San Francisco Chronicle
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Philibert's film finds a rather contemplative creature. Her mood complements his.

Full Review… | January 20, 2011
Boston Globe
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