Microcosmos

  • 1996
  • Movie
  • G
  • Documentary

The miracle of microphotography brings nature at its buggiest to the big screen. Snail sex. Mosquito Kabuki dancing. Ladybug frolics. Ants at the watering hole. A caterpillar death march. The victory of one small beetle over a twig and a ball of dung. Though they keep voice-over narration to a minimum, French filmmakers Claude Nuridsany and Marie Perennou...read more

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The miracle of microphotography brings nature at its buggiest to the big screen. Snail sex. Mosquito Kabuki dancing. Ladybug frolics. Ants at the watering hole. A caterpillar death march. The victory of one small beetle over a twig and a ball of dung. Though

they keep voice-over narration to a minimum, French filmmakers Claude Nuridsany and Marie Perennou don't exactly avoid the trap of anthropomorphization: you can't help but imagine those snails are caressing one another when their slimy coitus is enacted to the accompaniment of an operatic aria. But never mind — the spectacle is absolutely enthralling, and even a bit frightening. Buzzing bees recall helicopters, sparkling spider webs look like steel cables and a pair of battling beetles resemble warring tanks. Take the kids, but tell them those amorous snails are playing patty-cake.

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  • Released: 1996
  • Rating: G
  • Review: The miracle of microphotography brings nature at its buggiest to the big screen. Snail sex. Mosquito Kabuki dancing. Ladybug frolics. Ants at the watering hole. A caterpillar death march. The victory of one small beetle over a twig and a ball of dung. Thou… (more)

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