One Life is a beautifully filmed documentary about the animals, plants and insects with which we share the planet. It is part of a BBC television documentary series narrated by Daniel Craig.
The close-up photography of the most intimate aspects of plant and animal life is quite spectacular and is filmed in many diverse places on Earth. The movie shows a tribe of snow monkeys in a thermal pool in Japan’s freezing winter attacking any others who dare to enter. A baby elephant walks a very long way with its mother to a water hole and nearly dies along the way after getting stuck in the mud. The mating rites of a small red beetle are amazing to see, as the male climbs all the way to the top of a tree, fighting off suitors along the way.
One Life shows some violence. For example:
- The snow monkeys attack any other monkeys that try to enter their pool.
- A praying mantis eats a cricket, but then a chameleon eats the mantis.
- Cheetahs chase and kill an ostrich.
- Komodo dragons attack and kill a water buffalo.
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Alcohol, drugs and other substances
Nudity and sexual activity
One Life shows some beetles mating.
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Ideas to discuss with your children
One Life is a visually stunning nature documentary with many close-up shots of animals and insects in their natural environments. This cinema release is part of the BBC Life television documentary series narrated by Daniel Craig.
For older children as well as adults, One Life is well worth seeing. But younger children are likely to be upset by images of animals being killed and eaten by other animals.
The main message from this movie is that we have only one Earth, and we must share its resources with all of the animals and plants that live on it. The movie also shows the interconnectedness of all living things.
This movie could also give you the chance to talk with your children about why animals kill other animals for their food and how humans fit into the food chain.