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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: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0074V61T2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #211,928 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Zephyr on April 14, 2012
Format: DVD
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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Ethel Laverne on August 15, 2013
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I can't explain WHY I selected this movie or WHAT it was supposed to be about. . . But I can tell you it was an honest glimpse of people's insides (emotions) as they are asked to bare their outsides (nude bodies) to the world.

This documentary doesn't appear to have an underlying agenda; it allows each individual to share their experiences, beliefs, and emotions with grace and humor.

There is nudity, but it's not sexually charged. I would be comfortable having children watch it with me.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Miss Starla on March 6, 2014
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Being of the thalidomide era I was intereted in what people so affected by this tragady had to say. Seems, for the most part, that they are happy and having good lives. That doesnt absolve the drug company of their reckless disregard in knowing this drug was a horrifically damaging agent to a developing fetus. Worth watching at least once.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Honey Solomon on February 26, 2014
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This is as much about psychology and emotions as it is a presentation of nudity. Thalidomide was know to cause birth defects during early pregnancy . . . pharmaceutical companies in Europe manufactured and sold the drug without any warnings. The drug was not approved in the US . . . distribution was limited to physician samples. Photographs of babies in institutions were a sensation in the early 1960's. They came at a time before I began the study of medicine and made me realize just how much harm could come from not knowing enough.

The purpose of this film was to offer self acceptance as an individual to those 12 participants in the venture and as an acceptance of their own sensuality. Remember that only the limbs were usually effected . . . try to imagine the suffering and emotional isolation that had to be endured. This was not a genetic defect nor was it caused by an accident or war. The reason was know, there was no other reason than the use of thalidomide as a medication. Again, try to imagine the courage required for a nude pose that offers up your flaws for public scrutiny and opinion.

Artistically presented but not recommended if you are intolerant of nudity in any form. This presentation is a way to help one understand the political and human aspects of thalidomide. Perhaps I viewed this more from a medical perspective than an artistic one. I did not find it in the least offensive . . . worth viewing!

The subtitles are reasonably translated but a knowledge of the German language offers subtle nuances. A combination of English and German . . . the two countries most effected.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By John Johnson on May 23, 2014
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I confess I knew nothing about Thalidomide prior to watching this film. That I now know of its history, the terrible consequences for pregnant women, and the expectedly guiltless manner with which its makers have shirked responsibility for its victims, speaks to one of the fundamental purposes of this film. The thing is, there are a lot of documentaries that can inform about tragedy and give fuel for outrage against the powers that be, yet they mostly leave the viewer with little hope or goodwill. This one is different in that respect.

We are privy to a casual and comfortable look at "Thalidomides" and their struggles, joys, hopes, and fears - with respect to both the calendar that is the cause for them coming together and their personal lives. A resiliency and resoluteness is common amongst them all, and I couldn't help but feel like the quote from the film that I posted as the title for this review is the ultimate outcome of watching it. By the end the people and their personalities far outweighed any material differences in anatomy they may suffer from.
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