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Genesis (2004)

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The cycle of life of a handful of different animals is captured on film in a whole new way in this documentary. Using special motion-control photography equipment, Genesis allows filmgoers to view animal behaviors which are too small, too slow, or too difficult to normally be seen with the naked eye, including a chick hatching its way out from inside an egg, jellyfish drying into nothing under the heat of the sun, or a snake slowly swallowing prey bigger than itself. This footage is accompanied by narration from Sotigui Kouyaté, who uses simple props and easily understandable analogies to explain the science behind what its shown on screen. Genesis was directed by Claude Nuridsany and Marie Perennou, who previously created another acclaimed scientific documentary, Microcosmos.

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With quiet skill and some poetry, Nuridsany and Perennou -- who began as award-winning nature photographers and popular book writers -- give us a big peek into their infinite theme and subject.

September 1, 2005 | Rating: 3/4

Nuridsany and Pérennou have made another breathtaking feature penetrating the unseen kingdom around us.

July 15, 2005 | Rating: 3.5/4

An entrancing, technically ravishing blend of philosophy and science.

July 8, 2005 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Bogged down by its intentions and too vast a 'cast.'

July 8, 2005 | Rating: 2/4

While the science sticks to the level of high school physics and biology, the combination of words and images is resonant and pleasing.

June 17, 2005 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Genesis is a creationist's nightmare -- a feature-length endorsement of evolution. But it does so in an inherently spiritual manner. At times, the life through a microscope plainly blurs the line between man and animal.

May 26, 2005 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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