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  • Summary: Zoo is an extraordinary glimpse into the life of a seemingly normal Seattle man whose secret sexual appetites led to his shocking death. (ThinkFilm)
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  1. Positive: 12 out of 20
  2. Negative: 1 out of 20
  1. 100
    Bold and unforgettable meditation on a truly bizarre incident that pokes at the very heart of one of our culture's biggest taboos.
  2. 90
    The beautiful and beguiling new film by Robinson Devor meditates on the Enumclaw incident through a hypnotic blend of original reporting, staged reenactment, testimony of involved parties (both zoophiles and local law enforcement), and pervasive, somewhat precious lyricism.
  3. Whether meaning to or not, Devor and his accomplished crew expand our concept of the documentary film, which relegates this documentary to art houses, not porn theaters.
  4. Zoo is a cool sensibility married to a hot topic, a poetic film about a forbidden, unsettling subject. Elegantly made and eerily lyrical, it deals with what director Robinson Devor has accurately called "the last taboo, the boundary of something comprehensible."
  5. Devor doesn't endorse horse-on-man sex, but he does attempt--with sympathy--to account for the appeal.
  6. Paradoxically, it is precisely because Mr. Devor refuses to acknowledge the murkiness that clings to every frame in his film, because he refuses to engage with the world beyond that of the zoophiles, that they seem like creatures from some never-ending night.
  7. 38
    A bizarre quasi-documentary that more or less tries to rationalize bestiality as a harmless quirk.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 3
  2. Negative: 1 out of 3
  1. MrHands
    Oct 24, 2007
    10
    Take a walk on the wild side. Don't you want to know how a father, and successful engineer for Boeing, could end up dying by receiving Take a walk on the wild side. Don't you want to know how a father, and successful engineer for Boeing, could end up dying by receiving anal sex from a horse? I've heard of people having sex with animals before and I always assumed that they were under the influence of alcohol and or drugs, or they were insane. It's interesting to hear people, who are apparently able to blend in with society, try to rationalize how they can have a sexual relationship with an animal. Furthermore, the incident that this film focuses on involves a man (Mr. Hands, the engineer) who allowed himself to be mounted by a horse. It's not a case of some randy drunk who rapes a dog; thats a different situation. These "zoo" people seem to have a genuine love for their animals and insist that they do not force the animals to participate. Thats not hard to imagine, as many people have had a dog ride their leg. If you allow a dog to ride your leg, is that bestiality? Are you abusing the dog? FYI ,I don't know, I don't own a dog or a horse, and I love my cat, but I can't imagine a sexual attraction to any animal. If you follow some religion, the issue might be clear to you - it's just forbidden by your god. But for those of us who are willing to examine human behavior from a more objective standpoint, this film will raise interesting questions about the nature of love. Expand
  2. AugustG.
    Sep 27, 2007
    5
    I lived in Enumclaw when this happened. Everyone was surprised, but no one was sympathetic. These people are sick and need help. IT became a I lived in Enumclaw when this happened. Everyone was surprised, but no one was sympathetic. These people are sick and need help. IT became a joke for a while- hey, i went to Enumclaw to ride a horse the other day. Expand
  3. j
    Jul 7, 2007
    0
    Disgusting! whoever made this movie should be killed.

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