THE BEAR (Released to Theaters France 1988)

Ben Meyers’ Rating: 3.7|5.0 Starsììì

The Bear—average—starts a slow decline from its opening scenes. The focus is not on human character development but on a small bear's attempt to survive. It's a feel good movie not based in reality as in the scene with a cougar's attempt to eat the small bear and then leaving due to a large bear's threat behind the small bear. In reality this would be a show between two predators over the prey, the small bear. But, it is shown as a large bear protecting the small bear which would not be the case in nature. When an audience might think the film is hopelessly over, a few more scenes are thrown in as if to fill a time limit. The presentation and acting work at the okay to suitable level. There are some animal sex scenes in the movie.  

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A baby bear loses its Mother to an avalanche. He eventually goes on an adventure to find food and makes friends with a larger bear.  

Additional Thanks

Thank you to Director  Jean-Jacques Annaud for directing effort. Thank you to Producer Claude Berri and Associate Producer Pierre Grunstein for making the film possible. Cast includes: Bart the Bear, Youk the Bear, Tchéky Karyo, Jack Wallace, and André Lacombe.

Buy a ticket
? Yes? No? Maybe?

Maybe. The camerawork for the animal scenes is interesting; but on the whole, the movie is average.

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Ben Meyers

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