Not rated | Time: 1:30
“Bonobos: Back to the Wild” is a sort-of documentary following Belgian naturalist Claudine André in her effort to protect the endangered primates of the title in the Congo Basin.
Rebecca Hall provides the voice-over to represent André’s thoughts. And, with a script inspired by real events, Luke Evans gives voice to Beni, a bonobo orphan saved from caged misery. It’s from French director Alain Tixier. Critics like it, with misgivings:
▪ John DeFore, The Hollywood Reporter: “Tixier paces the narrative well, but some viewers will resent his heavy reliance on anthropomorphizing the animals and the little sequences invented to add drama to the narrative.”
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▪ Serena Donadoni, Village Voice: “Tixier never strays far from a worshipful view of André and her sanctuary, but the film evolves into an interesting primer on the differences between life in captivity and the wild.”
(At Town Center.)
| Sharon Hoffmann