The Sundance Film Festival is this week, and one of the entries is a documentary about bestiality. For those of you not in the know, that means when humans have sex with animals. The LA Times has the scoop. Woof!
“Zoo” is a documentary about what director Robinson Devor accurately characterizes as “the last taboo, on the boundary of something comprehensible.” But remarkably, an elegant, eerily lyrical film has resulted.
“Zoo,” premiering before a rapt audience Saturday night at Sundance, manages to be a poetic film about a forbidden subject, a perfect marriage between a cool and contemplative director (the little-seen “Police Beat”) and potentially incendiary subject matter: sex between men and animals. Not graphic in the least, this strange and strangely beautiful film combines audio interviews (two of the three men involved did not want to appear on camera) with elegiac visual re-creations intended to conjure up the mood and spirit of situations. The director himself puts it best: “I aestheticized the sleaze right out of it.”
Being a gay man in a world where people are really judgey about who you sleep with and what you’re into, I say live and let live. But does the animal get a choice? This is why I don’t have a pet. They’re far too seductive to some people. God, that Doberman’s got a hot ass. What?