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Bestiaire Reviews

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Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times
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
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
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
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
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
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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.
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Melissa Anderson
Village Voice
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.
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
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
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Peter Debruge
January 30, 2012
erving up artfully framed, static-camera compositions of the animals within their mismatched environs, Cote's actuality-style catalog of context-free tableaux invites auds to free-associate with the scenes put before them.