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Bestiaire Reviews

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September 18, 2016
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 22, 2013
I am equally fascinated and unnerved by the experience, which is why I will surely return again.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
April 2, 2013
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 | Original Score: 3/5
March 28, 2013
Minimalism, but without the aesthetic
March 4, 2013
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 | Original Score: 6/10
February 20, 2013
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 | Original Score: 4/5
January 2, 2013
The images are meant to accumulate shame, and they do. But they also might be too much.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
January 1, 2013
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 | Original Score: 3/4
December 30, 2012
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 | Original Score: B+
December 20, 2012
Bestiaire isn't for everyone. It demands a patient audience willing to fill in the gaps between Côté's striking compositions and telling montage.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
December 7, 2012
The question the camera seems to ask is: What are animals to us and what are we to them?
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 6, 2012
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 | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 15, 2012
Bestiaire accommodates multiple readings, allowing its audience to project theories about spectatorship and captivity onto its silent beasts of burden.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 18, 2012
Mr. Côté ... forces you to look at the often unseen. It may not be pretty, but it is essential viewing.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
October 18, 2012
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.
October 16, 2012
Bestiaire is, most profoundly, about the dynamics of looking, an exercise in studying gazes that are either unidirectional or, superficially, at least, reciprocated.
October 16, 2012
Cows stare dumbly ahead; a llama paces back and forth in front of a wire-mesh fence; lions and tigers loudly rattle their cages.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 16, 2012
Bestiaire argues persuasively without words, making a case without explicating one at all.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
August 19, 2012
These beasts live a compromised life and Bestiaire raises questions as to whether mankind's best intentions justify the sacrifices they have unwittingly made.
June 17, 2012
This is a challenging and rewarding piece that reflects your own thoughts as much as those of the filmmaker.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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