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Zoo

Best known for the haunting indie drama Police Beat (2005), writer-director Robinson Devor applies his impressionistic vision to the notorious case of Kenneth Pinyan, a Seattle airline engineer who died in 2005 after his colon was perforated during sex with a stallion. The subsequent police investigation uncovered an underground bestiality club that shared videotapes over the Internet; some of its members granted audio interviews to Devor. Press notes stress the director's ambition to transcend the screaming headlines and late-night punch lines for a more serious treatment of a taboo subject. But his interviewees are too busy excusing themselves to offer much illumination into their desires, and Devor's moody style (silhouettes, reenactments, an ominously throbbing score) only heightens the sleazy Dateline NBC feel. 80 min.

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