Amid the deep greens and dappled sunlight of a cloud forest in Rwanda, a family of mountain gorillas is at leisure and play. Sitting with them is a woman who mimics their movements, pretends to chew leaves and gains the acceptance of the group's dominant silverback. That woman is Dian Fossey.
The remarkable adventures of pioneering primatologist Fossey unfolds in this flm directed by Michael Apted and shot mainly in the Rwandan hab itat of the mountain gorillas. In a perfomance that wom the Golden Globe for Best Dramatic Actress, Sigourney Weaver portrays Fossey: charmismatic, commanding and riven by a single-mindedness that would be both her strength... and prehaps lead to her tragic murder.