Nenette (2010)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: December 22, 2010
DVD Release Date: May 24, 2011
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Stephanie Merry
Washington Post

The collection of images and tidbits of information raise interesting questions about keeping animals in captivity.

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David Jenkins
Time Out

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.

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Lindy West
The Stranger (Seattle, WA)

The most interesting parts of the movie come when the zookeepers chime in, facing ethical conflicts with surprising candor.

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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

The persistent gaze in both directions raises unanswered questions about captivity and voyeurism.

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Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle

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.

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Amy Taubin

Like all great stars, Nénette is an enigma.

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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

For all but the most devoted animal watchers, the film may come across as slow and repetitive.

Wesley Morris
Boston Globe

Philibert's film finds a rather contemplative creature. Her mood complements his.

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Liz Braun
Jam! Movies

The projection and anthropomorphic comments are truly fascinating.

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