Film Review: Ancient Woods

Film Review: Ancient Woods

I saw this film at the recent New Zealand International Film Festival. The festival has grown and developed over the years and has become quite a magical event. I thoroughly recommend it if you are in Auckland.

Ancient Woods is a Lithuanian production and it’s a magical foray into the flora and fauna living in a Baltic forest. This is a slow-burn nature documentary, more of a meditation on the experience of watching animals with wonder and fascination, exquisitely close up.

The viewer feels herself peering through branches and watching turkeys doing a mating dance, owls prance around, European Bison mosey through the forest on heavy haunches and wolves cavort together in the most natural and undisturbed way. It’s a simple pleasure and a joy to be a privileged voyeur here.

Ancient Woods is different from any other nature documentary I’ve seen, in that there’s no narration, no human artifice here, only the visual feast devoid and naked for the viewer to enjoy. There is no background music or omniscient British voices – just the sounds of the forest in all their hypnotic and slow-moving cadences. I highly recommend this film for nature lovers and people who are particularly enamoured of European animals in all their animated splendour.

Film Review: Ancient Woods

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Content Catnip is a quirky internet wunderkammer written by an Intergalactic Space Māori named Content Catnip. Join me as I meander through the quirky and curious aspects of history, indigenous spirituality, the natural world, animals, art, storytelling, books, philosophy, travel, Māori culture and loads more.

4 thoughts on “Film Review: Ancient Woods

    1. It was wonderful on the big screen, but if you have a decent sized TV it would also have the same effect. I think you would love this one Jeremy. It lulls you into a lush and meditative wonderland filled with forest creatures 🙂


      1. Also…I’m so glad somebody else finds all these marvel films completely baffling and ridiculous…yes they are really lame! 🙂


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