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368 Ratings

The Bear


Directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud
United States, France, 1988
Drama, Adventure


An orphan bear cub hooks up with an adult male as they try to dodge human hunters.

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The Bear Directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1990 | Nominee: Best Film Editing

BAFTA Awards

1990 | Nominee: Best Cinematography

César Awards

1989 | 2 wins including: Best Director

1989 | 4 nominations including: Best Film

Critics reviews

The Bear’s opening title and 657 words may not seem like much, but they’re more than enough to establish a frame of reference that is completely foreign to the bears, and the effect of this verbiage is so intrusive and destructive to the film’s higher aims that it’s difficult to understand why Annaud and Brach included it; certainly the story as a whole could have been told nearly as well without any words at all.
November 10, 1989
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