french films > Nénette




Review score: * * * * *

cast: Agnès Laurent, Georges Peltier, Eric Slabiak

year: 2010

colour: yes

certificate: PG

director: Nicolas Philibert

runtime: 70

Born in 1969 in the forests of Borneo, Nénette has just turned 40. It is rare for an orangutan to reach such a venerable age! A resident of the ménagerie at the Jardin des Plantes in Paris since 1972, she spent more time there than any member of staff. The unrivalled star of the place, she sees hundreds of visitors file past her cage each day. And, of course, each one of them has comments to make… Nicolas Philibert, known for his internationally acclaimed documentary To Be and to Have, offers another impressive example of observational documentary filmmaking at its very finest.


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