The Big Animal (2000)


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Working from a recently rediscovered script from late Polish filmmaker Krysztof Kieslowski, veteran actor and frequent Kieslowski collaborator Jerzy Stuhr directs this wry fable about intolerance and individuality. The film opens with bank clerk and clarinet enthusiast Zygmunt Sawicki (Stuhr) discovering a huge two-humped camel in his garden -- apparently left behind by a traveling circus. Though his schoolteacher wife Marysia (Anna Dymna) initially doesn't know what to make of the cud-chewing animal, Zygmunt takes an immediate shine to the beast, and takes it in. His fellow villagers also seem to take to the camel: Zygmunt is greeted warmly as he parades it around their little town, and Marysia's pupils clamor over each other to name the animal. However, the townsfolk soon grow tired and suspicious of the beast. Friends and neighbors start to avoid the Sawickis, and children are forbidden to go near the animal.


Jerzy Stuhr
as Zygmunt Sawicki
Anna Dymna
as Marysia Sawicki

Critic Reviews for The Big Animal

All Critics (22) | Top Critics (9)

Delightfully poetic for all of its ironic and allegorical subtleties.

Oct 8, 2004 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
Seattle Times
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It is whimsical, bittersweet, wise in a minor key.

Jun 11, 2004 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Memorializes a complex man and his deceptively simple work, by a friend and colleague in a fitting tribute.

Jun 10, 2004 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

It's a ludicrous yet haunting fable.

May 21, 2004 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Beyond its initial one-joke concept and heavy-handed allegory, The Big Animal doesn't have much to say, and even at 72 minutes it seems a bit padded out.

Mar 26, 2004 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

A delightful satire from Poland.

Feb 20, 2004 | Rating: 3.5/4

Audience Reviews for The Big Animal

ever wanted a Camel, Watch this and you might just wish you had one. Beleive this is a Polish Film, Subtitles, so bear with it and enjoy. If you see it get it.

Bruce Bruce
Bruce Bruce

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