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It may appear tiny to the human eye, but there is no denying that the insect kingdom -- as captured by the filmmakers behind this documentary -- is as dramatic, action-packed and beautiful as any other. Indeed, using a variety of film techniques and an inspired score, the moving image of a beetle pushing a ball of dung takes on the mythic quality of Sisyphus with his boulder. Meanwhile, endless caterpillar caravans suggest, amazingly, the rhythm of modern highways during rush hour.

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Critic Reviews for Microcosmos

All Critics (34) | Top Critics (8) | Fresh (33) | Rotten (1)

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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