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72 minutes · 2012

With this nearly wordless Canadian documentary, director Denis Coté muses about the relationship between civilized human beings and exotic animals, suggesting that people benefit from the arrangement more than animals do. Much of the movie consists of long, static takes of wild beasts in captivity doing little of interest, which is a clever way of rebuking the anthropomorphism of most animal films. By presenting human subjects in exactly the same manner, Coté turns the tables on us zoogoing gawkers. The approach wears thin after a while, but there's no denying his pictorial talent.

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