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A scene from the movie Nenette
Genre Documentary
Running Time 70 min
MPAA rating Unrated
Release Date Dec 22, 2010
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Born in the jungles of Borneo 40 years ago, Nénette the orangutan is now the most senior inhabitant of the world's oldest zoo -- and the star of this awe-inspiring, tender and funny film, from the director who charmed the world with 2002's Etre et Avoir. What we see is Nénette, going about her daily business; what we hear are the voices of the many visitors who pass comment on her every day, and reveal more about themselves than they think.

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Jan. 21, 2011 - Boston.com - Wesley Morris/Globe Staff

The star of Nicolas Philibert’s entrancing 67-minute documentary, “Nénette,’’ is a 40-year-old orangutan who lives in a deluxe tank at the Jardin des Plantes in Paris. She is large, arthritic, and stupendously hairy — her fur appears tinged with copper — and, above all, sad-looking. Her days are spent shoving fistfuls of hay into her mouth, methodically removing bottle caps in order to sip an assortment of beverages, hiding under quilts, and staring glumly at her visitors. Nénette came to France from Borneo in the early 1970s; and the Jardin’s modest zoo, which is nestled amid the far larger and more famous botanical garden, is the only home she’s ever known.

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