Fascinating and beguiling, BESTIAIRE is filmmaker Denis Côté's mesmerizing meditation on the relationships between animals and people through the seasons at a Quebec safari park. This strikingly gorgeous work about the act of looking slyly blurs the line between observer and observed (the film opens with art students sketching taxidermied creatures). And despite lack of a traditional narrative, there is dramatic tension in each exquisitely framed shot: a cage door under attack from a growling lion; the scurrying striped legs of zebras in a pen; the long stare of a bull, straight into the camera. Contemplative and enthralling, BESTIAIRE is cinema at its purest.
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Haunting, hypnotizing, thoughtful, physical, resonant, all of it. Bestiaire is nothing short of masterful. With every single perfect composition, Cote places his audience in the presence of nature, with the ever foreboding human hand not far from reach.
Beautiful, meditative, and sad. I don't think I'll ever go to a zoo again.
This has to be one of the world's most boring moves. There is virtually no action for minutes at a time and the camera is always stationery and dwells on the same animal with nothing happening.