HOME |  JOIN |  CULT MOVIES | COMPETITIONS | ADVERTISE |  CONTACT US |  ABOUT US
 
 
Newest Reviews
My Life as a Courgette
Cold-Blooded Beast
Lake Mungo
One-Eyed Jacks
20th Century Women
Monster Trucks
Lookout, The
Black Belt
Resident Evil: The Final Chapter
Their Finest
Stella Cadente
Water Drops on Burning Rocks
Replace
Belladonna of Sadness
Aquarius
Erik the Conqueror
Baghead
Guns at Batasi
Gang Story, A
Magnificent Ambersons, The
Climber, The
It's a Big Country
Raw
Last Man Standing
Transfiguration, The
Alien Nation
Kajaki
Certain Fury
Life
Hundra
   
 
Newest Articles
The Empress, the Mermaid and the Princess Bride: Three 80s Fantasy Movies
Witching Hour: Hammer House of Horror on Blu-ray
Two Sides of Sellers: The Party vs The Optimists
Norse Code: The Vikings vs The Long Ships
Over the Moon - Space: 1999 The Complete Series on Blu-ray Part 2
Alpha Males and Females - Space: 1999 The Complete Series on Blu-ray Part 1
Animated Anxieties: From the Era of the Creepiest Cartoons
Manor On Movies--Clegg (1970)
Plans for Nigel: The Crunch... and Other Stories on DVD
Let's Get Harry: Repo Man and Paris, Texas
   
 
  Microcosmos A Bug's LifeBuy this film here.
Year: 1996
Director: Claude Nuridsany, Marie Pérennou
Stars: Jacques Perrin, Kristin Scott Thomas, various insects
Genre: Documentary
Rating:  7 (from 1 vote)
Review: It is a normal spring day in a normal meadow, but look a little closer, closer than the larger animals that populate the area and towards the tiniest creatures which make their way through the undergrowth, fly through the air and move across the pond water - and under it. They each endure their own dramas, taking in this time of year sex and violence and eating and everything that keeps them alive. And most of the time we pay them no notice, so let's take a journey into their world for just over an hour...

In those science fiction movies of the nineteen-fifties, there was a preponderance of giant insects and arachnids, with ants and grasshoppers jostling for position with spiders and praying mantises as who could be the biggest menace. Microcosmos, or Microcosmos: Le Peuple de l'Herbe to give the film its full title, also presents us with huge-looking creepy crawlies, but the difference here is we're suppposed to feel affection towards them as they battle to get through their days.

Before March of the Penguins came along, the French animal documentary to be reckoned with was this effort from directors Claude Nuridsany and Marie Pérennou. Meticulously shot, it presents a wide variety of subjects for us to feast out eyes on, all in remarkable detail from ants dwarfed by the seeds and dried flowers they drag along to their nest, to the spider getting lucky with two grasshoppers in one day caught in its web. These creatures are shown to us on the ground, in the air and on the water, displaying the wide variety of nature.

The directors were accused of humanising their stars, anthropomorphising their behaviour with music (snails mating is accompanied by the sounds of opera, for instance), but in truth its all in the eye of the beholder, and difficult not to interpret the insects' actions as something we would make connections with in our own lives. After all, we share many of the same concerns, and this film prompts musings on just how self-aware these beasties are, what level of intelligence they enjoy, and how they know to carry on as they do: what programmed all this into their minute brains?

That's not to say that you'll be getting yourself a pet beetle after seeing this, as there are few pangs of emotion when, say, an ant colony becomes lunch for a pecking bird that looks like Godzilla in comparison. Mainly it's a fascination to see commonplace insects' actions rendered so important, although some of it is patently staged, the dung beetle's battle with its lunch the most obvious example. But what Microcosmos does is make these creatures seem like individuals where you would usually see them as a part of a crowd, and if anything else it will make you think twice about stepping on a bug. Wasps are fair game, of course. Music by Bruno Coulais.
Reviewer: Graeme Clark

 

This review has been viewed 2920 time(s).

As a member you could Rate this film

 
Review Comments (0)


Untitled 1

Login
  Username:
 
  Password:
 
   
 
Forgotten your details? Enter email address in Username box and click Reminder. Your details will be emailed to you.
   

Latest Poll
Who's the best?
Robin Askwith
Mark Wahlberg
   
 
   

Recent Visitors
Graeme Clark
Ian Phillips
Jensen Breck
Enoch Sneed
Paul Smith
Stately Wayne Manor
Paul Shrimpton
  Vikki Sanderson
   

 

Last Updated: