Watching this after a week of bad mental health was somewhat calming, though I must admit to being more interested in the lives of the animals than the cool-sullen magician. The extreme close-up of the elephant's side spattered with rain was gorgeous and it was sad to reflect that such a remarkable animal might well be extinct within 50 years because of us crappy humans. A pretty even-handed look at sex work too.
It's a bit uneven and whimsical, but the scenes with the animals, children and music at the zoo are hypnotic, and there's a humorous socio-physical similarity between the scenes involving the cleaning of the animals in the zoo and the male customers in the brothel.
An highly unusual coming of age fable told visually, with minimal dialogue but with a strong sense of frame composition and a wonderful eye for unusual visual details. What I find interesting is that it displaces the conventional focus on cinematic drama in favour of a wide eyed sense of wonder and enchantment, especially at the strange magic of living things. A deeply involving journey.
Very odd and offbeat tale about a little girl raised in a zoo by a giraffe expert. Yeah, it's just as odd as it sounds. The young girl grows up (a bit) and takes up with a strange Asian Cowboy Magician. She dresses up as an American Indian and they make an interesting (to say the least) pair. The story is told slowly (but steadily) and it's nothing major, but it sure is an interesting in its peculiarity.
It starts like a documentary with only animals and this little girl. Then it becomes something more like a tale with a strange magician. That's the middle part, the weakest. But in the end you see how human changed the world into what it is : violence, corruption, prostitution, even the zoo has lost its magical nature. Quite a strange object.
This movie is a delight, even more so than 'Blind Pig Who Wants To Fly'. The premise could have gone in so many different directions, but the one Edwin chose was perfect. Aspects of magic realism, though mainly it's a coming of age story. At times the cinematography is stunning, would love to see this on a big screen. 4.1
Le zoo de Jakarta est-il un lieu magique ? Pour l'héroïne qui y a grandi, à coup sûr. Dans une ambiance nonchalante et sur des images soignées, l'histoire décrit d'abord cette curieuse cohabitation de divers groupes animaux et humains, avec de beaux moments de grâce. Elle devient moins originale et intéressante quand Lana quitte le zoo avec "son" magicien. La girafe reste quand même un joli fil conducteur (3,5 / 5).