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The Botany of Desire

4.7 out of 5 stars 63 customer reviews

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Featuring Michael Pollan and based on his best-selling book, this special takes viewers on an eye-opening exploration of the human relationship with the plant world seen from the plants' point of view. Narrated by Frances McDormand, the program shows how four familiar species the apple, the tulip, marijuana and the potato evolved to satisfy our yearnings for sweetness, beauty, intoxication and control.

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  • Actors: .
  • Directors: Michael Schwarz
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    PG
    Parental Guidance Suggested
  • Studio: PBS
  • DVD Release Date: November 3, 2009
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002GXG59Y
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,337 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By M. Buckman on December 10, 2009
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This documentary was well produced and the subject matter was fascinating. I never knew that apples and potatoes had such variety or deep histories. This film was an eye opener into the world of human plant use that should be seen by all horticulturists.
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I really enjoyed the author's take on who ia the superior species living on this planet, plants make themselves attractive to animals and insects in order to propagate themselves around the world. It has been documented that plants anticipate and show reaction to being cut, sung to, primped and pampered - leads us to wonder who really rules the earth. Great book, actually my favorite Pollan writing.
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I love the way this documentary balanced American accepted dietary intake from a more natural food intake. This tug of war is a very real one between these two schools of thought. Profits vs disease. Indifference vs enlightenment. Famine vs prosperity. If you find yourself NOT CARING about organic or GMO or pesticides or plants in general then you MAY find yourself in a world wishing that you did. Seeing a loved one dying of cancer. Seeing world wide famine. Low prices have a very expensive hidden cost. NOT CARING and buying from companies notorious for "not caring" will get you in a very indifferent world of hate and sickness. I believe if you care about ANYTHING it should be in the very least your children and/or future generations. Please watch this movie and afterwords try to buy organic then try domestic then local then seasonal(what's in season) often fair trade and often fresh and NEVER GMO. PRICE IS NOT EVERYTHING. CARING IS. Remember Europe does. They riot when companies try to sell them the environmentally dangerous foods that are allowed to be sold to unknowing Americans. ...........Pete Giatrakis
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I saw this documentary on netflix after i read about it in eating well magazine. Very intriguing. I checked out the website for the show (very nice for teachers and educators). On there, you can find 4 lesson plans to teach most ages about these wonderful plants (yes all of them :)
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This is a very interesting movie that shows how we, as man, perpetuate species to our own ends, while the plant exploits us for its survival. It is beautifully filmed and interesting to watch. Of the many points made, the issue of genetically modified plants being included in our food without our knowledge is very eye opening and scarey. The movie also gives hope that we do not have to bow down to agribusiness and let them serve us whatever garbage they want us to believe (or eat). Very good film.
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Although the movie itself was great I was very disappointed that it was not closed captioned as it claimed to be. As a deaf person who relies on closed captioning nothing is more frustrating....
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Based on the book by Michael Pollan.

Right from the front of this documentary or speculative paradigm change, "When we use these metaphors and we talk about plants having a strategy to do this or wanting this or desiring this, we are being metaphorical obviously. I mean that plants do not have consciousness but this is the fault of our own vocabulary."

What if plants to serve their purpose were manipulating us?

We select four plants to demonstrate the premise.
The four plants used to promote this viewpoint are:
tulips (beauty)
marijuana (intoxication)
apple (sweetness)
Potato (control).

We follow each plant through its history and interaction with people.

Michael Pollan's bottom line warning is to get away from monoculture.
"We are not simply standing outside the web of life. But that we are part of that web of life."

I only saw the Blu-ray version. The Aspect Ratio is 1.33:1 but you can tell that they squeezed some wider views down as many people and objects were very vertical. There are a few DVD extras that include deleted scenes, More of Michael Pollan's Interview and Perspectives form artists, humanities, and sciences.

The Botany of Desire: A Plant's-Eye View of the World
Green cargoes
A Perfect Red: Empire, Espionage, and the Quest for the Color of Desire
The Day of the Triffids
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You probably see plants on the cover thinking it's a documentary of plants. One: it is a documentary and two: plants are involved, the question is what if someone could explain to you that these specific plants run the human race. If you are 4/20 friendly, would also recommend watching after a bowl of greens.
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