NÉNETTE

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NÉNETTE

Nicolas Philibert
F, 2010
Documentaries, 70min, OmdU

NÉNETTE

Nicolas Philibert
F, 2010
Documentaries, 70min, OmdU

Screenplay: 
Nicolas Philibert
Sound: 
Jean Umansky
Laurent Gabiot
Camera: 
Katell Djian
Nicolas Philibert
Editor: 
Nicolas Philibert
Léa Masson
Composer: 
Philippe Hersant
Pascal Gallois

Production: 
Les Films d’Ici
World Sales: 
Les Films du Losange
Distribution in Austria: 
Stadtkino Filmverleih
Format: 
35 mm
Color

Nénette is doubtless one of the best-known residents of the Ménagerie at the Jardin des Plantes. Born in the jungle of Borneo, she arrived there on June 16, 1972, at an estimated age of 3 or 4. (...) Behind the glass, Nénette is a mirror. A screen for our projections. We attribute all kinds of feelings, intentions and even thoughts to her. In talking about her, we talk about ourselves. In looking at her, we include ourselves in the picture. Just as Flaubert declared, “I am Madame Bovary!” so I could say, “I am Nénette.” She is you. She is us. And yet we shall never know what she thinks, or even if she thinks. The mystery remains. Deep down, Nénette is the perfect confidante: she keeps all secrets. (Nicolas Philibert)

In the presence of Nicolas Philibert.