We present a film that showcases the richness of the environment and the preservation of biodiversity. A unique work that draws us into a fascinating world, the world of the infinitely small, in the French Aveyron countryside.
BIOLOGISTS TURNED FILMMAKERS
Marie Perennou and Claude Nuridsany shot the documentary Microcosmos in 1996. Trained as biologists, they then turned to photography, writing and directing on the theme of nature.
Their film made quite an impression when it was released, and won several César awards in 1997 thanks to its original approach: the observation of a living world that had been overlooked so far and was absent from the silver screen.
With the help of entomologists and other scientists, in a French-Italian-Swiss production, they unveiled an unexpected beauty that had remained invisible for the general public.
DISCOVERING THE INFINITELY SMALL
The stories follow one another as we observe the behaviour, the intimacy, the elegant grooming, the colours and the sounds of these living beings. They are like snippets of life captured in the moment, which reveal the reality of nature.
The music created, almost fairy-like, adapts to the situations. The spectators plunge into a world where the infinitely small becomes infinitely large and impressive. The people of the grass, trampled on, seem to be our own size. The perspective is transformed.
Each animal conveys a gentleness through its gestures or a dramatic tension through what happens to it. Snails, ants, dragonflies and beetles all tell a story by travelling from one plant to the next or by flying.
THE POETRY OF NATURE
Majestic spectacles slowly unfold before our eyes. The language of nature is a measured pace, which does not take away from the action or the questions the viewer may have.
It is a ode to the attention paid to what we don’t notice.
This film could channel fragments of Stoic philosophy with its scenes. Nature is what it is, situations are neither sad nor joyful: they simply are and beauty inhabits every moment. A sunny sky, a cloudy sky, a storm ¬¬– the living resists and moves forward with resilience.
This film helps us to perceive nature in a different way, it pushes us to reconsider the unseen life that eludes us when we walk through fields.
It’s a great documentary to watch with the whole family and it’s a great way to enjoy a moment of wonder and learn while being entertained.
What is your favourite nature film?
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