Talking about the gaze of monkeys reminds me of a film I just saw: NÉNETTE (2010, Nicolas Philibert, A++++++++++). There are a few scenes in this film which let us watch the face and the eyes of the female orangutan for a few minutes, while the orangutan is doing nothing except staring at the camera. After watching the eyes of the orangutan for a few minutes, I felt like crying, and I don't know why. The gaze of the orangutan in this film is extremely powerful, and its tremendous power is unexplainable for me.
I also like it very much that this documentary talks about the three husbands of Nénette and the fact that the zookeepers try to prevent Nénette from having sex with her own son.
I also wonder why there have been many films about monkeys made lately, including:
2.PROJECT NIM (2011, James Marsh), but I haven't seen it yet.
3.RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES (2011, Rupert Wyatt, A++++++++++)
4.ZOOKEEPER (2011, Frank Coraci, B)