Cinema: Call of The Wilderness



Directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud

Screenplay by Gerard Brach

An orphan bear cub. A big solitary bear. Two hunters in the forest. The animals' point of view.

That may be the shortest treatment in the history of the movies. It is surely one of the most truthful because, seven years and $25 million later, the four modest sentences that set this film in motion still accurately summarize The Bear. And, ironically, they send exactly the wrong signals to the sophisticated filmgoers who should be its most appreciative audience.

The outline could as well describe a nature documentary or even a...

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