Human Zoo (2009)





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Actress and model Rie Rasmussen wrote, directed and stars in this multi-layered drama of a woman's struggle to escape political chaos on two continents. Adria (Rasmussen) is a young Serbian woman who is living in Kosovo in 1999, during the latter days of the civil war and ethnic violence that swept through the nation. Adria is befriended by a man who is kind to her but is emotionally unstable, and with his help they escape to Belgrade, which is safer but still gripped by crime and violence. In time, Adria makes her way to Marseille, but she enters France illegally, and as she tries to make a new life, she's constantly looking out for the authorities who could throw her out of the country at a moment's notice. As Adria deals with the dilemmas of her uncertain present, she often finds herself looking back on the agonies that have informed her life. Human Zoo was an official selection at the 2009 Berlin International Film Festival.
Art House & International , Drama
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Critic Reviews for Human Zoo

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Flashback-threaded tale of a half-Serbian, half-Albanian immigrant living in Gaul is an incoherent, mostly poorly acted muddle that doesn't even look very good, despite the work of normally ace lenser Thierry Arbogast.

Full Review… | February 12, 2009
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Audience Reviews for Human Zoo


Big disappointment. Not what I expected at all. The movie doesn't have one particular topic. It's about the conflict in the old Yugoslavia, about the life of an immigrant in France, about organized crime, about relationship issues, etc. It gets lost in many topics and doesn't exploit none well.

Bruno Lot
Bruno Lot

This nearly two hour French film has everything, it's funky, it's action-packed, it feels like a fresh take on The Godfather from a feminine perspective. If it had more traveling shots, smoother and sharper cinematography, more fiction and less time spent on realism and facts. Not for the faint at heart, Human Zoo takes up the sociopathy of betrayal, in the context of love and war. Writer/director Rie Rasmussen also plays the main character does an excellent job in this feature film and what I thought of Rasmussen is so beautiful and brings a wonderful performance.

Dean McKenna
Dean McKenna

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