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"Human Nature," Kaufman's newest produced film, deals with four persons trapped in a maze of love, or sexual desire (call it human nature) ... so to speak. As is the case with "Being John Malkovich," Kaufman's style easily defies our ready-made concept of movies, so I just tell you what you see. Tim Robbins (one of his best turn) is a scientist who spends his time trying to teach proper table manners to white mice. A nature writer Patricia Arquette, hairiest woman in the movie history, falls in love with him. Meanwhile, somewhere in the forest, a grown-up man (Rhys Ifans of "Notting Hill"), who believes that he is an ape, is found, and the Tim immediately got interested. He contemplates: "Let's educate him as a human." Well, after naming him "Puff," with a help of an electric collar and some nude photos, Dr. Robbins tries to 'cure' Puff of his nasty, die-hard habits of showing 'human nature' or sexual desire, explicitly in the public.
While the experiment proceeds, love relations got complicated as a famale assistant Gabrielle (played by wonderful Miranda Otto, seen in "Thin Red Line" and "What Lies Beneath," with too obvious French accent) is involved.Read more ›
This film begins with the revelation that Nathan Bronfman (Tim Robbins) is dead, courtesy of a small round bullet hole in his forehead, and somewhere in the afterlife in a room where everything is white. In prison is Lila Jute (Patricia Arquette), and testifying before some Congressional committee is a nattily dressed but strangely bearded man named Puff (Rhys Ifans). Apparently there are issues about being "sorry" that this film will explain, but first we have to get up to speed on how this strange collection of characters came to be strange.
When Lila was 12 years old her hormones caused hair to grow all over her body. Tired of being "Queen Kong" in a side show she goes off into the wild, writes a best selling book with a disparaging view of humanity, and, tired of shaving all over all the time, uses the money to have electrolysis to try and remove her hair. Louise (Rosie Perez), who is doing the electrolysis, thinks she knows a guy who would be perfect for Lila. This would be Nathan.
Nathan is a scientist. As a boy he was taught the importance of table manners by his mother (Mary Kay Place) and father (Robert Forster). Failure to use the right fork for eating his salad meant the young boy was sent to his room without supper.Read more ›
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Charlie Kauffman's other movies are a bit more interesting. I purchased this because I so much enjoyed Eternal Sunshine and Synedoche, NYPublished on January 19, 2014 by Sarah
Watching Patricia Arquette climbing trees in the jungle practically naked is about the best you can hope for out of this movie.Published on January 12, 2014 by Joseph Jenkins
J'ai cherché un peu partout, pour avoir ce film, enfin trouvé! Un très bon film, drôle avec une bonne leçon de vie sur la vraie nature des hommes, tout... Read morePublished on June 4, 2013 by Chantal
For a Michel Gondry movie (written by Spike Jonze and Charlie Kaufman) I was pretty bummed with this movie. I guess I expected a lot, because I'm such a huge Gondry fan. Read morePublished on May 10, 2013 by Christopher Hart
This is a great film. It starts off slowly, but as it get further in, it becomes quite telling about the human condition. Read morePublished on May 9, 2013 by Anton K