Bestiaire

2012, Documentary, 1h 12m

21 Reviews 100+ Ratings

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Humans and animals on display observe us and one another.

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All Critics (21) | Top Critics (12) | Fresh (18) | 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.

    February 20, 2013 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • The images are meant to accumulate shame, and they do. But they also might be too much.

    January 2, 2013 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Bestiaire isn't for everyone. It demands a patient audience willing to fill in the gaps between Ct's striking compositions and telling montage.

    December 20, 2012 | Rating: 4/5
  • The question the camera seems to ask is: What are animals to us and what are we to them?

    December 7, 2012 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Look closely at how Ct approaches those metal bars - you're never quite sure what will pop into view and who the real prisoners are.

    December 6, 2012 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Bestiaire accommodates multiple readings, allowing its audience to project theories about spectatorship and captivity onto its silent beasts of burden.

    November 15, 2012 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    February 20, 2013 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • The images are meant to accumulate shame, and they do. But they also might be too much.

    January 2, 2013 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Bestiaire isn't for everyone. It demands a patient audience willing to fill in the gaps between Ct's striking compositions and telling montage.

    December 20, 2012 | Rating: 4/5
  • The question the camera seems to ask is: What are animals to us and what are we to them?

    December 7, 2012 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    September 18, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • I am equally fascinated and unnerved by the experience, which is why I will surely return again.

    May 22, 2013 | Rating: 9/10 | Full Review…

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  • Dec 06, 2012
    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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