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Microcosmos (1996)

Microcosmos: Le peuple de l'herbe (original title)
A documentary on insect life in meadows and ponds.
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jacques Perrin ... Récitant / Narrator (French version) (voice)
Kristin Scott Thomas ... Narrator (English version) (voice)
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Storyline

A documentary of insect life in meadows and ponds, using incredible close-ups, slow motion, and time-lapse photography. It includes bees collecting nectar, ladybugs eating mites, snails mating, spiders wrapping their catch, a scarab beetle relentlessly pushing its ball of dung uphill, endless lines of caterpillars, an underwater spider creating an air bubble to live in, and a mosquito hatching. Written by Will Gilbert

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15 years of research. 2 years of equipment design. 3 years of shooting. One great movie to restore your sense of wonder. See more »

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Documentary

Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

France | Switzerland | Italy

Language:

French

Release Date:

6 September 1996 (Switzerland) See more »

Also Known As:

Microcosmos See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

CHF 5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$35,189, 13 October 1996, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,573,842, 2 February 1997
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Runtime:

| (Miramax)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Filmed over a period of three years. See more »

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Narrator (English version): [beginning narration] A meadow in early morning, somewhere on Earth. Hidden here is a world as vast as our own, where the weeds are like impenetrable jungles, the stones are mountains, and even the smallest pond becomes an ocean. Time passes differently here: an hour is like a day, a day is like a season, and the passing of a season is a lifetime. But to observe this world, we must fall silent now, and listen to its murmurs.
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Crazy Credits

In the end credits: Le Conseil Général de L'Aveyron and SIVOM des Monts et Lacs du Lévezou extend the adventure in the world of insects at the Jean-Henri Fabre Center of Saint-Léons in Lévezou, opening in 1998. See more »

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Probably the best nature film ever made!
28 December 1998 | by BassemSee all my reviews

The stunning images are not what make it a masterpiece, rather it is its poetry which conveys the sheer beauty of life.

This movie is a religious experience.


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