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Zoo is nominally about the events leading up to Kenneth Pinyan's death due to a perforated colon when he engaged in anal intercourse with an Arabian stallion on videotape, as well as the individuals in Pinyan's life who encouraged or were at least indifferent to his interest in bestiality. The word "nominally" may be giving Zoo too much credit, as it never even provides Pinyan's name, instead solely using his online moniker "Mr. Hands". None of the individuals associated with Pinyan, from the group of people who identify themselves as living the zoo lifestyle that he met with regularly to engage in acts of bestiality, to his ex-wife and child, or even the police and prosecutors involved in the aftermath of his death, are ever shown on screen. Director Robinson Devor choose to use actors to create reenactments of events coupled with the occasional voiceover from audio interviews with a scant few people willing to talk about the issue.Read more ›
Mostly a reenactment, 'Zoo' traces back the account by actors who go to the facility where guests would engage in bestiality with stallions at a stable just outside of Seattle. Hooking up via the anonymity of the Internet, Pinyan (bka "Mr. Hands") and others from many regions joined up to spend time with one of the prized horses. Using eerie, low-ebbed synthesizer music, the film has a lurid quality as it unveils alienated men who bond through tequila and space exploration videos, making their way later solo to pair off with horses often in the middle of the night. Much of the photography is meant to touch on the aesthetics of the environs and equestrian beauty, but the analysis of the human aftermath is few and far between. One of the better aspects touches on the profile of the men: Varying in socio-economic and religious backgrounds, all of them seem tragically alone.
Much of the footage focuses on Pinyan who died one night after an encounter ruptured his colon. As the news headlines flashed across, it became one of those tragic, novelty human interest stories. Devor survey's some of those reactions. Anyone from CNN to Rush Limbaugh is given space, but then they go to some witnesses. Part of the testimony is about the behavior of the key people; some of the rest of the testimony has experts going over evidence of alleged abuse to the horses.Read more ›
Devor's film covers the story in a vague but provoking way. The atmosphere of the film is eerie but only a rare few of the landscape shots are oddly effective, albeit not incredibly impressive. In addition, the film touches base with quite a few people who were there and knew Pinyan personally, but unfortunately it is done using mostly audio, and that in turn means more mediocre photography. Still, Devor makes humans out of these people when I'd imagine the media wasn't so kind. By the same token, what they do and how Pinyan died is exactly what it is.
The nature of this bizarre subculture is hard to sympathize with and I'm not sure Devor and his team can be accused of doing so, but they still stare unflinchingly into this void. I found the film strangely fascinating and the style it was created with suggests that the filmmaker felt the same way. It's an uncomfortable but clean peak into a world many don't want to even know about.Read more ›
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