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Human Nature (2001)

In the Interest of Civilization... Conform.

Original Title : Human Nature
Director : Michel Gondry
Writer : Charlie Kaufman
Genre : Comedy
Country : France
Language : english
Producer : Anthony Bregman , Julie Fong , Ted Hope , Spike Jonze , Charlie Kaufman
Music : Graeme Revell
Photography : Tim Maurice-Jones
MPAA Rating : Rated R for sexuality/nudity and language.
IMDB ID : 0219822
Official site : http://www.bacfilms.com/human/
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poster for "Human Nature" by Michel Gondry (2001)
Human Nature (2001) - Michel Gondry
 

Starring

Patricia Arquette Lila Jute
Rhys Ifans Puff
Tim Robbins Nathan Bronfman
Ken Magee Police Detective
Sy Richardson Police Detective
David Warshofsky Police Detective
Hilary Duff Young Lila Jute
Stanley DeSantis Doctor
Peter Dinklage Frank
Toby Huss Puff's Father
Bobby Harwell Congressman
Daryl Anderson Congressman
Bobby Pyle Young Puff
Chase MacKenzie Bebak Young Nathan (as Chase Bebak
Mary Kay Place Nathan's Mother
Robert Forster Nathan's Father
Rosie Perez Louise
Miguel Sandoval Wendall the Therapist
Miranda Otto Gabrielle
Anthony Winsick Wayne Bronfman
Mary Portser Bistro Waitress
Laura Grady Aversion Therapy Model (as Laura Grady Peterson
Angela Little Chester's Waitress
Deborah Ferrari Stripper
Jeremy Kramer Lecture Host
Nancy Lenehan Puff's Mother
 

Plot

A philosophical burlesque, Human Nature follows the ups and downs of an obsessive scientist, a female naturalist, and the man they discover, born and raised in the wild. As scientist Nathan (Robbins) trains the wild man, Puff (Ifans) in the ways of the world - starting with table manners - Nathan's lover Lila (Arquette) fights to preserve the man's simian past, which represents a freedom enviable to most. In the power struggle that ensues, an unusual love triangle emerges exposing the perversities of the human heart and the idiosyncrasies of the civilized mind. Human Nature is a comical examination of the trappings of desire in a world where both nature and culture are idealized.
 

Comments

Charlie Kaufman does it again! As he managed to do in Being John Malkovich, brilliant writer Kaufman succeeds in creating a completely believable alternative reality, which he employs as a metaphor that pokes seemingly light (and therefore lethally subversive) fun at 'society' - what it means to be civilized, what it means to be free, how people judge each other based on ridiculously superficial differences of appearance, etc, etc.It works, because Kaufman IS so brilliant, and I left the theatre with the same feeling I had gotten from Being John Malkovich - inspired and gratified that someone like this not only exists in the world but actually gets to put his completely unique and uncompromising visions on the screen.
 
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