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  • October 21, 2000
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The Big Animal Synopsis
A schoolteacher (Anna Dymna) and her husband (Jerzy Stuhr) find a camel in their garden.
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New York Post

By V.A. Musetto
Working from an unfinished script by the late, great Krzysztof Kieslowski, Stuhr directs in a laid-back, deadpan style that, at times,...
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80

New York Magazine (Vulture)

By Peter Rainer
Audiences for this film should have no such qualms: When the camel lolls his jaws at dinnertime, or sways his Bactrian bulk, you may decide...
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80

TV Guide

By Ken Fox
Every frame gleams and the camel -- a double-humped wonder whose unusual majesty and quiet mystery drives this wonderful film -- is...
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80

The A.V. Club

By Keith Phipps
Shooting in dreamy black and white, Stuhr finds quiet poetry in shots of his character wandering the countryside with his new friend, and...
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75

Chicago Tribune

By Robert K. Elder
An actor-turned-director, Stuhr appeared in many of Kieslowski's films and their partnership and friendship produced some stunning work....
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75

Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
The drama is a gentle, witty parable of the mixed feelings some people show toward free choice when it confronts them not in theory but in...
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
It is whimsical, bittersweet, wise in a minor key.
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75

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
Gathers a sort of darkness as it comes to its oblique conclusion.
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63

New York Daily News

By Jami Bernard
This black-and-white movie features an enduring image: an ordinary couple at the dinner table with the giant, Dr. Seuss-like head of the...
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Ruthe Stein
Doesn't have much to say.
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