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Nénette

The subject of this 2010 documentary is a 40-year-old orangutan that has lived most of its life in the Ménagerie du Jardin des Plantes in Paris. Widowed three times and separated from all but one of her children, Nénette spends her old age, sadly, as many humans do: staring idly at life through a glass screen. Nicolas Philibert (To Be and to Have) emphasizes the ape's detachment by shooting the entire movie from outside the cage and presenting its caretakers only as off-screen voices. These formal tactics effectively illustrate the division between human and animal consciousness; they also become a little monotonous after a while. In French with subtitles.

Credits

Director:

  • Nicolas Philibert

Producer:

  • Serge Lalou

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