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  • Summary: More than 20 years ago, Dr. Jane Goodall, now 75, decided to give up her career as a primatologist, as well as her private life, in order to devote her entire energy to saving our endangered planet. Since then she’s been spending 300 days a year scouring the globe on her mission to spread hope for future generations. She has taken on the responsibilities of a UN Messenger of Peace, has been honoured with countless awards, was appointed “Dame of the British Empire” and was even admitted to the “Légion d’Honneur”, the highest decoration of France. In Jane’s Journey, we accompany her on her travels across several continents, with unprecedented access to her intense and exciting past. From her childhood home in Bournemouth, England, we embark to ‘Gombe National Park’ on the shores of Lake Tanganyika, in Tanzania, her second home. This is where she began her groundbreaking research nearly half a century ago, and where to this day she still returns every year to enjoy the company of the chimpanzees that made her the internationally recognized activist so loved and deeply respected. (Bavaria Film) Expand
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  1. Reviewed by: Deborah Young
    Sep 12, 2011
    70
    Overall, film hits the right tone, and its brief but fascinating glimpses into Goodall's private life distinguishes it from the many TV docs on the lady.
  2. Reviewed by: Ronnie Scheib
    Sep 12, 2011
    70
    A worshipful tribute to the life and work of Jane Goodall.
  3. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Sep 16, 2011
    60
    Though Lorenz Knauer's film is as thoughtful as his subject - with a break for interviews with Pierce Brosnan and Goodall's fellow UN Goodwill Ambassador Angelina Jolie - the study of chimps is given short shrift.
  4. Reviewed by: Joseph Jon Lanthier
    Sep 11, 2011
    50
    Despite the fact that Goodall narrates the bulk of the material, there are scant details about her concrete contributions to animal and life science save for her observing of chimp-made tools.
  5. Reviewed by: Rob Nelson
    Sep 13, 2011
    50
    Spectacularly photographed and journalistically lame, Jane's Journey blows a 105-minute kiss to Dr. Jane Goodall.
  6. Reviewed by: Andrew Schenker
    Sep 13, 2011
    40
    Any analysis of her philanthropy or character is traded for blind idol worship; only intermittent footage of the subject interacting with the natural environments she hopes to save (hippo habitats, arctic snowscapes) manages to sidestep bland reverence.
  7. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Sep 16, 2011
    25
    Jane's Journey is an exceedingly graceful and dignified sleep aid.

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