Nenette
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She's a 40-year-old longtime Parisian, with an unruly mop of red hair and soulful, close-set dark brown eyes. Nénette is introspec- tive, perhaps melancholic, but beloved by those who visit her daily. After "having worn out three husbands" and given birth to four children, she's convalescing from major surgery, and looks forward to life's simple pleasures, like tea and yogurt at 4:30 each afternoon. Nénette is an orangutan in the famed Jardin des Plantes Exotiques zoo, and acclaimed documentarian Nicolas Philibert (TO BE AND TO HAVE) captures her day-to-day routine in… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 84%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The collection of images and tidbits of information raise interesting questions about keeping animals in captivity."
‑ Stephanie Merry, Washington Post
"Small details are magnified by Philibert's long, quiet takes, and Nénette's mundane human characteristics make us consider our own lives and how we relate to the natural world."
‑ David Jenkins, Time Out
"The projection and anthropomorphic comments are truly fascinating."
‑ Liz Braun, Jam! Movies
"Philibert's deliberately ambiguous film is likely to have a similar effect on viewers; whatever conclusions you draw from it will depend a great on what you bring to the experience."
‑ Sarah Boslaugh, Playback:stl
"Surprisingly engaging, thought-provoking and impressively minimalist documentary, although it does eventually feel like you've just spent an hour and ten minutes in the monkey house."
‑ Matthew Turner, ViewLondon
"The persistent gaze in both directions raises unanswered questions about captivity and voyeurism."
‑ Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"Zoo creatures seem like funny caricatures during a short visit. After 67 minutes of observation, Nénette seems stuck in a dreamlike limbo, disconnected from the world, going through the motions, waiting patiently to die."
‑ Peter Hartlaub, San Francisco Chronicle
"This is a touching movie that reminds viewers of the fact that the chasm between humans and the rest of the animal kingdom isn't always as wide as readily accepted."
‑ Matt Brunson, Creative Loafing
"Philibert is a master of this kind of minimalistic filmmaking and he's found a perfect subject in Nénette who becomes more of an enigma as the film progresses."
‑ Alistair Harkness, Scotsman
"It's impossible to watch Nicolas Philibert's new film without a Darwinian frisson of anxiety, and an animal-liberationist spasm of rage."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"For all but the most devoted animal watchers, the film may come across as slow and repetitive."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"Philibert's film finds a rather contemplative creature. Her mood complements his."
‑ Wesley Morris, Boston Globe
"It's a wonderfully moving meditation on the capacity of animals to inspire our imaginations and something applicable to educational markets as well as regular documentary audiences."
‑ Sara Maria Vizcarrondo, Boxoffice Magazine
"It's an absorbing, contemplative film that compels us to participate rather than just sit back and look."
‑ Philip French, Guardian
"Nicolas Philibert's film is at once a humbling, enlightening experience."
‑ Adam Woodward, Little White Lies
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