Our journey is hosted by renowned French botanist and ecologist, Francis Hallé, and accented with beautifully interlaced animation that picks up where nature leaves off.
The film opens with a breathtaking ascent to the top of a forest canopy where Hallé sit perched on a branch. Jacquet's eye is fearless and visionary, capturing the smallest of detail and opening the pages to understanding the forest as we never have.
Jacquet focuses equally on the smaller animals and their roles within the forest as he does on the larger animals, and brings a life to the trees that creates a sense of movement so strong it is possible to believe they may pull up roots and walk away.
The sound design is exceptional and builds the forest around you allowing you to feel it stir within you.
I have to admit that my heart nearly flew out of my chest when I discovered this film is just the first of many films to come, along the same vein. Truly remarkable; an extremely difficult yet successful project; in a league of its own; jaw-dropping beautiful.
Jacquet's film may not be a plea to the cessation of deforestation, but if there ever was a film to make you stop and think, it is this.