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Nénette (movie poster).jpg
Directed by Nicolas Philibert
Produced by Serge Lalou
Starring Nénette
Music by Pascal Gallois
Philippe Hersant
Cinematography Katell Djian
Nicolas Philibert
Edited by Léa Masson
Nicolas Philibert
Distributed by Les Films du Losange
Release date
  • 15 February 2010 (2010-02-15) (Berlinale)
  • 31 March 2010 (2010-03-31) (France)
Running time
70 minutes
Country France
Language French

Nénette is a 2010 French documentary film about a 40-year-old female orangutan living in the menagerie of the Jardin des Plantes, (the zoo in Paris, France). The film, directed by Nicolas Philibert presents an intimate portrait of the ape, originally from Borneo, who has spent most of her life in captivity. In accord with the Cinéma vérité style of Philibert's earlier works, the camera rests on Nénette and her son Tübo in their glass-fronted enclosure. We hear the conversations and see the reflections of the zoo visitors in the glass as they regard Nénette, a mother of four who has survived three mates.[1]


Nenette has received positive reviews from critics, scoring 83% positive on Rotten Tomatoes, with an average score of 7.6/10. Some positive reviews have praised how the film is shot centred on Nenette and raises questions about her life and captivity. Total Film magazine awarded Nenette 4 stars with reviewer Tom Dawson saying "If the tea-drinking Nénette remains an enigmatic figure, Philibert makes fascinatingly clear how we humans project our own feelings and thoughts onto her". Other good reviews have come from Empire magazine and Sight & Sound.


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