Film: The Bear
The Bear, (also known as L'Ours) is a 1988 adventure film directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud (who would years later do Two Brothers). It is adapted from the novel The Grizzly King.After his mother is killed in a freak accident, an orphan bear cub hooks up with a wounded Kodiak bear as they try to dodge human hunters.Not to be confused with Bear, which is a direct-to-video horror film that also features bears.
The film uses the following tropes:
- All There in the Manual: The adult bear is called Kaar and the cub is Youk.
- Badass: Kaar. It comes with being an adult bear.
- Bears Are Bad News: Averted with the cub, but played straight with the hunters.
- Family-Unfriendly Death: The death of the cub's mother as well as several other animals throughout.
- Family-Unfriendly Violence: While a majority of the violence is offscreen, the film tends to get quite gruesome despite its PG rating, showing off mangled horses and a particularly violent battle between Kaar and the hunter's dogs.
- Gentle Giant: The Kodiak towards the cub. The hunters however...
- Getting Crap Past the Radar: Kaar mates with a female bear and the scene is obscured by the trees.
- Green Aesop: The ending gives one.
- Humans Are Flawed
- Mercy Kill: One of the hunters has to put down their horse, as well as their dog.
- Mushroom Samba: When the young cub eats some mushrooms, we are given a trippy sequence.
- Nightmare Sequence: The poor cub gets one when he has nightmares of frogs.
- Papa Bear: Take a wild guess.
- Scared of What's Behind You: the cougar is not scared of the cub but of the adult bear behind him.
- The Film of the Book: The film is based on a book from 1916.