Bestiaire

Bestiaire

A film by Denis Côté

Movie review

This might be Denis Côté’s most radical feature to date. A meditative… or rather, ruminative series of long static shots of various animals, Bestiaire will try many viewers’ patience, but I found it oddly captivating, thanks to the thoughtful shot composition and immersive sound design. This is like an anti-nature documentary in the way it observes animals not in their natural environment but in enclosures (the film was shot at Parc Safari, mostly during the off-season), where they roam around aimlessly or just stand there, sometimes staring straight into the camera. It often feels gloomy, even disturbing, to see these majestic wild beasts like that, even though Côté says his film takes a neutral stance.

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