Fiction which breathes on the realms of real is a rare work of art. ‘The Bear’ (L’ours) is one such cinematic experience. A moment ago you are seething with worldly chores and the next you are taken for a ride— a ride into the wild! This dream like awakening is as surreal as it is real. To put to words what ‘The Bear’ transfers to the celluloid is a posing task. It enthralls you to the edge of your seat and evokes emotions that you never knew were hibernating deep within in you. The subtle undertone which rides through the course of its essay is improbable to miss. For all the right reasons, the movie was endorsed by both the American Humane Association and the World Wildlife Fund.
The Bear is based on James Oliver Curwood’s novel The Grizzly King (1916) and tracks the journey of an orphan bear cub (the momma bear’s death paints poignancy all over the screen) who follows an adult male grizzly as they try to escape human hunters.
Right from the opening sequence that shows the cub playing with the mother bear to the innocent dreams that the bear envisions…there is the smell of jungle all through it and try as hard as you can, it’s unmistakably present in the movie.
Here’s one of my favorite scenes from the movie wherein the asperity of being in the wild is brought to life.
The Bear stirs hullabaloo in the world of Wildlife films which often fall into the trap of being labeled as the one for minors with their often predictive story lines. This isn’t your typical animal movie wherein you’d have funny antics from the dogs, the talking cats and the likes. It shows wildlife as life in wild is. So you do have your adrenaline rush moments wherein the cub gets chased by a cougar (The director used animatronic bears for filming several of the fighting scenes), the innocence personified pain that surges through you during the orphaned cub’s dream sequences of chasing bees…
The film’s tagline—”The greatest thrill is not to kill but to let live” echoes the sentiment of the hunter/author who turned conservationist.
Highly recommended, do watch it!