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Critic Reviews for Nenette
The collection of images and tidbits of information raise interesting questions about keeping animals in captivity.
The persistent gaze in both directions raises unanswered questions about captivity and voyeurism.
For all but the most devoted animal watchers, the film may come across as slow and repetitive.
Small details are magnified by Philibert's long, quiet takes, and Nénette's mundane human characteristics make us consider our own lives and how we relate to the natural world.
Zoo creatures seem like funny caricatures during a short visit. After 67 minutes of observation, Nénette seems stuck in a dreamlike limbo, disconnected from the world, going through the motions, waiting patiently to die.
Audience Reviews for Nenette
This documentary about an elderly orangutan both benefits and suffers from being composed solely of shots of the apes from outside their cage. It both humanizes and distances us from the apes. The flat visual style is distracting from the apes' inherent beauty. By only shooting the apes from outside the glass mostly from the same angle, it puts a strange distance between subject & audience.
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