This documentary about an elderly orangutan both benefits and suffers from being composed solely of shots of the apes from outside their cage. It both humanizes and distances us from the apes. The flat visual style is distracting from the apes' inherent beauty. By only shooting the apes from outside the glass mostly from the same angle, it puts a strange distance between subject & audience.
Nicolas Philibert has been added to the list of Auteurs and they've accepted his wonderful quote: "...not surveillance but bienveillance."
I've just spent my tax return on the 9 disc "Philibert: Integrale" on amazon.fr.