Director Jean-Jacques Annaud (The Bear, Seven Years in Tibet) returns to his true strength, filming animals, and the result is that virtual oxymoron, an intelligent family film. Two tiger cub brothers are separated when humans come to loot the jungle temple they call home. Their divergent life stories offer up a surprisingly nuanced message about the interaction of nature and humans. Annaud is emphatically not working in the cute, anthropomorphic Disney tradition. Leaving aside a few bits of forced slapstick, he lets the animals be animals, to great effect. Though most of the humans are broadly drawn, Guy Pearce brings unexpected depth to the role of a big-game hunter who learns his lesson. Shot in digital video. In Engklish and subtitled Thai. PG, 105 min.
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