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Untamed Romania

By Kat Halstead, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Beautiful, kid-friendly nature doc has some animal peril.

Movie NR 2019 92 minutes
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One of the things that really sets a nature documentary apart is the cinematography, and here John Waters (nominated for a Primetime Emmy for his work on Meerkat Manor) really excels. Untamed Romania's breathtaking birds-eye views, haunting underwater realms, and magical scenes of mayfly taking flight are vivid and enticing. Playful interludes, such as an abseiling caterpillar and mischievous bear cubs, are accompanied by whimsical music from award-winning composer Nainita Desai, lending a storybook charm to the film.

It took 22 camera operators filming over 400 hours of footage to capture the intimate moments of the animals' lives and the intricate changes of the spectacular landscape across four dramatically different seasons. From beautiful native lilies snapping shut at nighttime to time-lapse techniques showing rotting tree trunks regenerating the ecosystem, there is rarely a dull visual moment. The documentary is an enticing invitation to explore one of Europe's largest and most under-explored wildernesses that will fascinate parents and kids alike.

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