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Once Upon A Forest review

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March Of The Penguins director Luc Jacquet heads for warmer climes in his new doc, encamping with botanist Francis Halle in one of the tropical rainforests the septuagenarian has made his second home. While the spectacle of an army of ants repelling a caterpillar's assault is the sort of glimpse into a hidden world that David Attenborough routinely serves up, Jacquet employs some poetic licence (and lyrical voiceovers) to venture into more fantastical territory.

Cue animated flourishes, illustrating that every forest is inherently magical. Mostly, though, Jacquet allows this wonderland of flora, fauna and odd lifeforms to make its own convincing case for preservation.

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