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Released: 09 October 1996 Released
Producted By: Miramax
Country: United Kingdom
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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.



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Claude Nuridsany, Marie Pérennou

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Microcosmos Audience Reviews

BootDigest Such a frustrating disappointment
Marketic It's no definitive masterpiece but it's damn close.
Marva It is an exhilarating, distressing, funny and profound film, with one of the more memorable film scores in years,
Billy Ollie Through painfully honest and emotional moments, the movie becomes irresistibly relatable
alexeykorovin This movie is beautiful and really pleasing to watch. The title of it says exactly what it is: "microscopic world". It's like a different universe which you may never have noticed right under your feet. Vibrant colors and astonishing beauty where you may never have expected it.Though it's not really a movie, more like just a video, I'd still call it one of the best movies I ever saw. If the world would be ending and I'd have to escape Earth in a spaceship and could only take a handful of videos with me, this one would be on the list.If you haven't watched it, do yourself a favor and watch it.
Michael O'Keefe Filmmakers Claude Nuridsany and Marie Perennou use unique microscopic cameras and powerfully specialized microphones to look into the lifestyles of insects and minute creatures in an ordinary French meadow and pond. Up close and personal using slow motion and time-lapse photography; footage of ladybugs mating, snails doing their slimy coupling, spiders waiting and pouncing on prey, caterpillars on the march, bees pollinating...and a moderate rain hardly interrupts the micro flora and fauna, but the tiny creatures deal with danger. This documentary won five Cesar Awards at the 1996 French Academy of Cinema Awards; one for Best Cinematography and another for Best Music scored by composer Bruno Coulais. MICROCOSMOS is narrated by Jacques Perrin and Kristin Scott Thomas.
emailtasha So many movies we view are about money, drugs, cars, corruption, violence, etc. This movie provides major relief from these common themes, as well as a great visual education of what we cannot see without a serious microscope!!! It is certainly a movie worth viewing, especially if you are partial to wildlife doco style films. This movie definitely rates along with other great visual/educational movies such as deep blue.There is little narration, but the sound effects of the bugs themselves within their environment, accompanied by the soundtrack works well. It is a somewhat relaxing movie, but portrays so many creatures and settings that are quite awesome. The cinematography, intense colours, great lighting, and the actual animals activities are simply fascinating.If you really need a story line, or girls/boys and fast cars to be entertained, then this is not the movie for you :) there are however, scenes of bugs being somewhat raunchy..
jordiecheckendon Microcosmos is a non-narrative film, concentrating on insect life in fields and ponds. The film contains very little dialogue.There are only a few lines of speech in the whole film.At the beginning, and toward the end.There are numerous,frequently used, camera effects such as slow motion, time-lapse e.t.c.Much is filmed outdoors,however some of the camera obviously done in a studio.The music that runs the full course of the film, adds to the overall feel of the film.