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This fascinating documentary offers a unique look into the daily dramas played out amongst the tiny residents of a French country meadow. It is shot without dialogue and begins with an aerial view of the meadow and then drops wildly down amongst the herbs and soil of the meadow where the stage is set. Using specially designed cameras and lighting equipment, the filmmakers Claude Nuridsany (who also did the extraordinary filming) and Marie Perennou spent three years creating this single day. Utilizing astounding close ups, they give the viewer a bug's eye view where water drops are the size of planets, and grass blades become alien skyscrapers. At this level, the bugs themselves take on an unearthly appearance, as if they were the giants, not us. Among the things depicted are a caterpillar's transformation into a butter fly, a dirigible sized bee in flight, and the gentle, passionate lovemaking of snails. In the cycle of life and death, a spider makes a gruesome meal of two grasshoppers, and a determined dung beetle futilely attempts to roll a large prize up a steep slope. A tremendous thunderstorm temporarily disrupts the meadow and then as the day turns to evening, the nocturnal insects slowly emerge for the night shift. The film is suitable for families and features an eclectic soundtrack with numbers ranging from opera to New Age music to high-light the action.

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Critic Reviews for Microcosmos

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Audience Reviews for Microcosmos

  • May 03, 2012
    A very straight forward, beautiful piece about the world of the insect, and how big their world is, though we view it as so very small. Directors Claude Nuridsany and Marie Perennou got up close and personal with the world of the ant colony, ladybug, dung beetle, and dragonfly. Only briefly narrated and accompanied by a great soundtrack of smooth classical music, this film only tries to show how insects view the world and the processes of said world. It drags at times, but it is truly engrossing if you see the world with a philosophical view or just want to know more about the world around you. It's short, sweet, and educational if you don't know much about insects or anything nature related.
    Spencer S Super Reviewer
  • Jan 19, 2012
    Very entertaining look at the insect world. Call it March of the Praying Mantises. Little conversation. Just observation. It works nonetheless.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Feb 20, 2010
    Microcosmos is a fascinating and beautiful film about animal and definitely one of the best documentary movies about nature. And when we say animals we are talking about all these tiny insects like flies, spiders, bugs, ants, frogs, worms and snails that they live in a French forest. Filmmakers don?t watch the insects like scientists but from a totally different point and we are watching the beauty of their appearances movement?s actions and searches for food. Microcosmos has everything. Amazing cinematography beautiful music and the best studio ever, mother nature. A whole new world raise in frond of us that most people don?t realise that exists.
    Arianeta L Super Reviewer
  • Jan 13, 2009
    As exhilarating as anything ever seen on <i>Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom</i> and it's all taking place right in your own back yard.
    Randy T Super Reviewer

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