The Bear (1988)

Genres - Children's/Family, Adventure  |   Sub-Genres - Adventure Drama, Animal Picture  |   Release Date - Oct 25, 1989 (USA)  |   Run Time - 92 min.  |   Countries - France  |   MPAA Rating - PG
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L'OURS is unusual in avoiding many of the conventions of Disney live-action animal films and creating a convincing presentation of its subject. Director Jean-Jacques Annaud continues the naturalistic motifs introduced in his earlier Quest For Fire, in which all animals, human and otherwise, seek their place within their environment. The cinematography is first-rate, and one marvels at the patience that it must have taken to produce such a film, even when we know that some of the events have been staged. The film was a surprise hit internationally but was largely unloved by critics, one of whom called Annaud a "mud and guts director." Indeed, major credit for the film's success should be shared with cinematographer Philippe Rousselot and film editor Noƫlle Boisson.