Tough to rate as it’s not really a film but more like a poem with beautiful imagery. A feast to the eye and ears from start to finish. Based on the spiritual connection between humans and animals with a guy dancing with whales, children sleeping on elephants and cheetahs, and the list goes on.
Only the contemporary dance like movements - at times - made me hesitant about the fifth star. Everything else here is simply gorgeous. Including the exaltation of animality. The moments in water are especially beatiful, sensual. There are moments of contemplating bliss that seem to have a transcendence quality. Because beauty, that divine quality uniting all of nature, almost seems in itself a path to enlightenment.
A wondrous exploration of the barest and most humane feelings. Cinema as poetry - pure, inventive and at its most sincere. An utterly compelling audio-visual experience that will remain in both mind and soul - it touches, it changes and it flourishes alongside and in you. A work of art that inspires hope in life and in the future of cinema as a means of grasping universal emotions and reaching the human soul.
From the first shot, one is totally drawn into a world that feels familiar yet displaced from time and space. Exclusively shot in earthly tones with an excessive use of slow-mo and eerie music, it's hard to keep one's jaw up. Highly stylized interaction with animals makes for some hysterically gorgeous Kodak-moments. The only drawback to me is the pretentious and intrusive narration done with L.Fishburne. A must-see!