The Big Animal Reviews

  • Aug 02, 2012

    Directed by and starring the likeable Jerzy Stuhr, this is a nice little film from Poland that was shot in black and white, and comes off the better for it.

    Directed by and starring the likeable Jerzy Stuhr, this is a nice little film from Poland that was shot in black and white, and comes off the better for it.

  • May 29, 2010

    Pretty great Polish film commenting on the Communist era but really covering the intolerance of society in general toward anything resembling individuality that reads a lot like an episode of The Prisoner in which he had grown old, married a sweet lady, and acquired a camel. Highly recommended if you're looking for something of a quiet, poetic nature.

    Pretty great Polish film commenting on the Communist era but really covering the intolerance of society in general toward anything resembling individuality that reads a lot like an episode of The Prisoner in which he had grown old, married a sweet lady, and acquired a camel. Highly recommended if you're looking for something of a quiet, poetic nature.

  • Nov 21, 2009

    What happened to the camel in the end? It has quirky moments and is meaningful but not LOL funny. It's more to show how ignorant and selfish people work to force other kind people (the main characters, married couple who keep the pet) to confine to their own thinking. If you think about it, there are people who behave like the neighbours and government when you get the camel, which can be something trival from a small gift to career promotion. It's the bad people pretending to be good when they say "Let by gones be by gones" when they had done something bad.

    What happened to the camel in the end? It has quirky moments and is meaningful but not LOL funny. It's more to show how ignorant and selfish people work to force other kind people (the main characters, married couple who keep the pet) to confine to their own thinking. If you think about it, there are people who behave like the neighbours and government when you get the camel, which can be something trival from a small gift to career promotion. It's the bad people pretending to be good when they say "Let by gones be by gones" when they had done something bad.

  • Sep 12, 2009

    not the best film but absolutely brilliant idea and enjoyable result.

    not the best film but absolutely brilliant idea and enjoyable result.

  • Jun 17, 2009

    well-filmed, nearly poetic picture from Stuhr. certainly not great, but still a good watch.

    well-filmed, nearly poetic picture from Stuhr. certainly not great, but still a good watch.

  • Jan 26, 2009

    Although this has very little to do with Kieslowski (his scrip was extensively altered), it remains a worthy lyrical and nostalgic film. Perhaps a bit too slowly paced for all purposes, but definitely charming in many ways. You will really want to get a camel after you see this!

    Although this has very little to do with Kieslowski (his scrip was extensively altered), it remains a worthy lyrical and nostalgic film. Perhaps a bit too slowly paced for all purposes, but definitely charming in many ways. You will really want to get a camel after you see this!

  • Dec 02, 2008

    Brand new entry on my favorite films list.

    Brand new entry on my favorite films list.

  • Nov 02, 2008

    Director and star of this quirky black comedy Jerzy Stuhr well Illustrates the tedium and blandness of life in a small town with the stark black and white of this film about the peace being disturbed when the chief protagonist adopts a camel from a circus annoying the townsfolk and exacerbating the situation by refusing to let his new friend be exploited for commercial gain. This shows all too well how difficult if not impossible it is to stand out in such a small minded and hypocritical environment. Something I think Jack Nicholson said in `Easy rider` about people being afraid of real freedom springs to mind.

    Director and star of this quirky black comedy Jerzy Stuhr well Illustrates the tedium and blandness of life in a small town with the stark black and white of this film about the peace being disturbed when the chief protagonist adopts a camel from a circus annoying the townsfolk and exacerbating the situation by refusing to let his new friend be exploited for commercial gain. This shows all too well how difficult if not impossible it is to stand out in such a small minded and hypocritical environment. Something I think Jack Nicholson said in `Easy rider` about people being afraid of real freedom springs to mind.

  • Sep 04, 2008

    A camel befriends a middle-aged couple in a tiny Polish town. I initially saw this stunning little movie (a Kieslowski screenplay) at a film festival in LA several years ago. I was thrilled when it finally was available on DVD.

    A camel befriends a middle-aged couple in a tiny Polish town. I initially saw this stunning little movie (a Kieslowski screenplay) at a film festival in LA several years ago. I was thrilled when it finally was available on DVD.

  • Jun 15, 2008

    Classic tale of a man's love for his camel. The Big Animal deals with issues of social conformity with the hostility of a Polish town toward a resident who acquires a camel. Very funny and heartwarming.

    Classic tale of a man's love for his camel. The Big Animal deals with issues of social conformity with the hostility of a Polish town toward a resident who acquires a camel. Very funny and heartwarming.