BEETLE QUEEN CONQUERS TOKYO
In this documentary, director Jessica Oreck starts us off with an examination of Japan’s fascination with keeping large insects as pets. She soon covers the country’s infatuation with insects from every possible angle, spiraling into subjects such as Japan’s history, religion, and identity as well as its obsession with minimalism and transience. Oreck eschews talking heads and the strict linear narrative of most documentaries, instead offering a scattershot collage of topics and images. It’s a must-see for naturalists and Japanophiles. Not rated. 90 minutes. In English and Japanese with subtitles The Screen, Santa Fe. (Robert B. Ker) See review, Page 64.