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Etienne! tells the story of Richard, a passive and shy type of guy who has an innocent perspective of the world. He has recently taken a sabbatical from college and is trapped in that stage of middle adulthood where one doesn't know what to do next. In the meantime, he spends his days taking care of his best friend, Etienne, a dwarf hamster. With many elaborate hamster contraptions, mammal habitats, and even micro-helicopters, Richard builds a special world for his pocket pet and treats his animal companion as he would like to be treated. One day Richard finds out that his hamster has… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"An affectionate, raggedy road movie that feels like a throwback to more innocent times."
‑ Justin Chang, Variety
"Our relationships with pets-and their more ambivalent bonds to us-are explored like everything else here: lightly."
‑ Michelle Orange, Village Voice
"The film hits enough of the right notes to overcome its half-baked brand of indie sentimentality."
‑ Rob Humanick, Slant Magazine
"This peculiar little road movie is full of tiny, irresistible surprises."
‑ Michael Rechtshaffen, Hollywood Reporter
" unique movie that works both as a kiddie pacifier and an arthouse curiosity, a little sweet slice of slacker life ... almost a parody of a certain kind of road movie, but there's nothing arch or self-conscious about it. It's darling."
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
"Etienne never finds easy resolutions and gains an emotional closure for the audience."
‑ Erik Childress,
"An enormously likable peculiarity, a shambling road trip that effortlessly marries a guileless tone to knowing observations."
‑ Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times
"Precisely all that you'd hope for but far more adorable than you can imagine."
‑ Sara Maria Vizcarrondo, Boxoffice Magazine
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