The Bear 1988


Adapted from James Oliver Curwood’s novel, the unusual cast-list for Jean Jacques Annaud’s The Bear gives some clue of its unique proposition; Bart The Bear and Youk The Bear both get high billing, an indication that this outdoors drama shirks animation of CGI in favour of real animals. The story of an orphaned bear cub struggling to make his way in nineteenth century British Columbia, sporting stunningly shot landscapes, a great score from Phillipe Sarde and a strong empathy for the bears themselves. Although there’s no dialogue, The Bear is a must-see film for animal lovers in that it doesn’t attempt to force human values on the animals, they roam, they kill, they fight for survival in a remarkably visceral yet likable feature-film.


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