GenreDocumentary Music directorBruno Coulais CountryFrance
Marie Perennou Release dateOctober 1996 (1996-10) WriterClaude Nuridsany, Marie Perennou Initial releaseSeptember 6, 1996 (Switzerland) DirectorsMarie Perennou, Claude Nuridsany CastJacques Perrin, Kristin Scott Thomas Similar moviesA Bug's Life, Antz, Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, The Ant Bully, Bio-Dome, Minuscule: Valley of the Lost Ants
Microcosmos (original title Microcosmos : Le peuple de l'herbe — Microcosmos: People of the grass) is a 1996 documentary film by Claude Nuridsany and Marie Pérennou and produced by Jacques Perrin. Set to the music of Bruno Coulais, this film is primarily a record of detailed interactions between insects and other small invertebrates.
The film was screened out of competition at the 1996 Cannes Film Festival.
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Roger Ebert gave Microcosmos 4/4 stars, calling it "...an amazing film that allows us to peer deeply into the insect world and marvel at creatures we casually condemn to squishing." Janet Maslin of The New York Times wrote, "...this quick, captivating film offers a taste of the exotic to viewers of any stripe (or spot). And it's a breathtaking reminder that Mother Nature remains the greatest special effects wizard of all."
The film holds a 97% rating from the consensus of 32 critics on the review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes, and a 91% from a collective 5,555 user reviews.
Awards and nominations
César Awards (France)
Won: Best Cinematography (Thierry Machado, Claude Nuridsany, Marie Pérennou and Hugues Ryffel)
Won: Best Editing (Florence Ricard and Marie-Josèphe Yoyotte)
Won: Best Music (Bruno Coulais)
Won: Best Producer (Jacques Perrin)
Won: Best Sound (Philippe Barbeau and Bernard Leroux)
Nominated: Best Film
Nominated: Best First Work (Claude Nuridsany and Marie Pérennou)