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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.
The images are meant to accumulate shame, and they do. But they also might be too much.
The question the camera seems to ask is: What are animals to us and what are we to them?
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.
Mr. Côté ... forces you to look at the often unseen. It may not be pretty, but it is essential viewing.
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.
Denis Cote's elegant, wordless contemplation of man's fascination with--and indirect dependence on--animals is like a coffee table book thumbed through on film.
I am equally fascinated and unnerved by the experience, which is why I will surely return again.
A meditative movie that turns into a call for compassion for all the animals exploited for entertainment in zoos, safari parks, and circuses.
Minimalism, but without the aesthetic
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.
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.
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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