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The Vallée des Singes

Movie April in Love Gérald Hustache-Mathieu (2006)
During an evening on the beach, three friends decide to watch a little souvenir film, with Avril (Sophie Quinton), about David's (Clément Sibony) childhood in the Valley of the Apes.
The Vallée des Singes
Vallée des Singes - credit: JLPC on wikimedia commons

“You already liked dominant males.”

Jim (Richaud Valls)

Avril (Sophie Quinton) is a young orphaned nun. She learns that she has a twin brother somewhere in France. She then decides to go in search of him and finds herself in the Camargue for a two-week vacation with a group of three boys. This trip allows her to discover life outside an abbey with all the little pleasures it can offer.

During an evening on the beach, the gang of three boys decide to watch a souvenir film of David (Clément Sibony). On this one, we can see him as a child, having fun in the Vallée des Singes imitating bonobos and gorillas.

Before being called Avril, the film was to be called “Les Poils du pinceau” (“The Bristles of the Brush”). This choice is also logical because painting plays a very important role in the film.

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The film received four awards, including the Grand Prix Hydro-Québec 2006 and the Festival du cinéma international en Abitibi-Témiscamingue.

Scène à la Vallée des singes dans Avril
Scène à la Vallée des singes dans Avril – Crédit : Dharamsala, CinéCinéma, Canal+, EuropaCorp
Scene at the Vallée des Singes in Avril
Scene in the Valleés des Singes in Avril – Credit: Dharamsala, CinéCinéma, Canal+, EuropaCorp
Scene at the Vallée des Singes in Avril
Scene in the Valleés des Singes in Avril – Credit: Dharamsala, CinéCinéma, Canal+, EuropaCorp
Scene at the Vallée des Singes in Avril
Scene in the Valleés des Singes in Avril – Credit: Dharamsala, CinéCinéma, Canal+, EuropaCorp

La Vallée Des Singes

The Vallée des Singes is a zoological park specialized in primates with 30 different species presented.

Wim Mager opened the park of the Vallée des Singes on July 14, 1998. The great particularity of the latter, unlike other zoological parks, is the semi-liberty of the species. Indeed, on the 16 hectares of the place, the different primates are on about fifteen different islands surrounded by water, avoiding to lock them in cages.

The park presents 30 different species of primates, from the small pygmy marmoset to the big gorilla and the bonobo. It is also the first zoo in France to present this species since 2011.

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Monday, January 3, 2022

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