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  • Summary: From legendary French documentarian Nicolas Philibert, a captivating study of a 40-year-old orangutan — the oldest animal in the oldest zoo in the world. (Kino International)

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  1. Positive: 6 out of 12
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  1. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    Dec 22, 2010
    Beautiful in its minimalism, Nénette is no antizoo rant but a melancholy meditation on captivity.
  2. Reviewed by: Wesley Morris
    Jan 20, 2011
    The movie isn't a critique of zoo life. But it's possible we have on our hands, in Nénette's captivity, a microcosm of celebrity star-gazing.
  3. Reviewed by: Stephanie Merry
    Feb 26, 2011
    The animal's striking resemblance to a human is part of what makes Nicolas Philibert's documentary Nenette so evocative.
  4. Reviewed by: Nicolas Rapold
    Dec 22, 2010
    Like most primates, Nénette is both fascinatingly familiar and strange, capable of almost human expressions yet totally unknowable (as well as massive and hairy).
  5. 60
    It's a wonderfully moving meditation on the capacity of animals to inspire our imaginations and something applicable to educational markets as well as regular documentary audiences.
  6. Reviewed by: David Parkinson
    Jan 31, 2011
    A gently moving film that's always thought-provoking if at times a little slow going.
  7. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Dec 25, 2010
    Our time spent with Nenette feel as stifling and airless as hers.

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