Big Animal

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  • Summary: A lovely, small film that exposes greed and pettiness while celebrating the most beautiful human themes: love, friendship and tolerance. (Milestone Films)

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  1. Positive: 12 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. 88
    Working from an unfinished script by the late, great Krzysztof Kieslowski, Stuhr directs in a laid-back, deadpan style that, at times, recalls Fellini.
  2. Audiences for this film should have no such qualms: When the camel lolls his jaws at dinnertime, or sways his Bactrian bulk, you may decide you've never seen anything quite so hilarious -- or magnificent.
  3. Reviewed by: Eddie Cockrell
    A rueful yet gentle fable about the price of individuality and the value of dignity that preserves the intellectually stimulating spirit of Kieslowski's best work while tapping into a universally understandable vein of low-keyed absurdist comedy.
  4. An actor-turned-director, Stuhr appeared in many of Kieslowski's films and their partnership and friendship produced some stunning work. The Big Animal memorializes a complex man and his deceptively simple work, by a friend and colleague in a fitting tribute.
  5. 75
    Gathers a sort of darkness as it comes to its oblique conclusion.
  6. 75
    It is whimsical, bittersweet, wise in a minor key.
  7. San Francisco Chronicle
    Reviewed by: Ruthe Stein
    Doesn't have much to say.

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  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. DesireeS.
    Sep 11, 2006
    this movie was very inspiring and clearly depicts the culture we are living in.

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