She's an old lady: born in 1969 in the forests of Borneo, Nénette has just turned 40, a venerable age for an orangutan. A resident of the menagerie at the Jardin des Plantes in Paris since 1972, she has spent more time there than any member of their staff. The unrivalled star of the place, she sees hundreds of visitors file past her cage each day. Director Nicolas Philibert, who charmed audiences around the world with To Be and To Have and challenged all preconceptions of communication with In the Land of the Deaf, became engrossed with Nénette upon visiting the zoo, and has crafted a completely unique documentary which is as much about humans as it is about the animals they come to visit. Two men, discussing her small habitat, rationalize: "It’s Paris. Rent is expensive." A child points out: "She is the same age as daddy." Lovely and philosophically inquisitive, Nénette is a portrait you won't soon forget.
NENETTE is 67 minutes; The Night Falls On The Ménagerie is 11 minutes; the entire program is 78 minutes. It is not rated. In French; fully subtitled in English.
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Added by landmark on January 26, 2011