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NoBody's Perfect

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In the late 1950s and early 60s, more than 10,000 children were born with deformities due to the use of Thalidomide, a drug used in sedatives. Filmmaker Niko von Glasow was one of the victims, and in Nobody s Perfect he tracks down 11 others who suffered the disastrous side-effects. Niko is recruiting them to pose nude for a book of photographs, to give the ever- present gawkers a good, long look. He especially wants the executives at Grunenthal, the pharmaceutical company that produced the drug, to see the result of their crimes. He ends up stalking his way into their offices like a German Michael Moore, confronting them with images of their misdeeds. The children of Thalidomide are the heart of the film, though, as they battle their body-image issues with courage and dark humor, while pursuing their diverse and successful careers. They are painters, champion horse-riders, actors, and astrophysicists, an inspiring group who overcame incredible odds to become extraordinary people.

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  • Actors: Fred Dove
  • Directors: Niko Von Glasow
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: German
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Kino Lorber films
  • DVD Release Date: April 3, 2012
  • Run Time: 83 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B0074V61T2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #161,367 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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I love documentaries and have watched tons of them, and this one is now at the top of my list. I know very little about Thalidomide victims, and this film focuses on the people rather than dry facts. I was shocked to find that they are all now middle-aged people, who have yet to receive compensation from Grunenthal, the maker of Thalidomide, and that 3000 babies died, and about 7000 were born deformed. This documentary is about 12 of them, who decide to pose nude in a calendar.

I'm...having trouble expressing how wonderful this film was. There is great humor, and no political correctness - everyone is so honest with the joys and agonies of their lives, with their self-acceptance emerging as they engage in the photo project. The director himself has trouble with his own project, and opens up more as he meets his old friends and gets introduced to new ones. At one point he explains to his son why he is doing this, that the more you see the deformities, the more you get used to them, and eventually see the people rather than their short limbs. He was right. After about 45 minutes, I just enjoyed watching him find photo subjects and loved the interactions between all these wonderful personalities (astrophysicist, actor, champion dressage rider), and reveled in their honesty and self-discovery. I no longer noticed their disbilities until a woman drank from a wine glass held with her foot, and then I would be reminded of the problems they faced. I am so happy I watched this.

There are some subtitles since many of the subjects are German, but this doesn't detract in any way. Dull minutes are nowhere to be found, and after it was over I still wanted to hang with this group of warm and friendly people.
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