Microcosmos (film)

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Directed byClaude Nuridsany
Marie Pérennou
Produced byChristophe Barratier
Yvette Mallet
Jacques Perrin
Written byClaude Nuridsany
Marie Pérennou
Narrated byJacques Perrin (French version)
Kristin Scott Thomas (English version)
Music byBruno Coulais
Distributed byBAC Films (France)
Miramax Films
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (US)
Pathé (UK)
Alliance Atlantis (Canada)
Release date
  • 6 September 1996 (1996-09-06)
Running time
80 minutes
United Kingdom
Budget$3.8 million
Box office$52.8 million[1]

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.[2]


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."[3] 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."[4]

The film holds a 97% rating from the consensus of 32 critics on the review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes,[5] and a 91% from a collective 5,555 user reviews.

Awards and nominations[edit]

  • 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)
    • Nominated: Best Sound (Laurent Quaglio)


  1. ^ "Microcosmos, le peuple de l\'herbe (1996)- JPBox-Office". Jpbox-office.com. Retrieved 18 August 2017.
  2. ^ "Festival de Cannes: Microcosmos". Festival-cannes.com. Retrieved 2009-09-20.
  3. ^ Ebert, Roger. "Microcosmos Movie Review & Film Summary (1997) - Roger Ebert". Rogerebert.com. Retrieved 18 August 2017.
  4. ^ "Movie Review - Bee Loves Orchid; Little Beetle Works Very Hard". Nytimes.com. Retrieved 18 August 2017.
  5. ^ "Microcosmos". Rottentomatoes.com. Retrieved 18 August 2017.

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