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Human Nature

Chris Campbell

I saw the 2001 film "Human Nature" on the weekend and I liked it. I didn't know really what to expect, but I wanted to see it since the script was written by Charlie Kaufman whose "Being John Malkovich" and "Adaptation" are well-loved by me. It definitely has Kaufman's multithreaded plot structure with an elaborate, but simple tale of a man (Tim Robbins) who teaches a feral man (Rhys Ifans) to become mannered. Oh...and there is a very hairy nature writer played by Patricia Arquette (with a musical number)... but that's a lot about the film... in an odd way it reminded me a bit of "A Life Less Ordinary"... but that probably only makes sense if you've seen both films. "Human Nature" is directed by Michel Gondry, who has previously directed some great music videos for Björk and Daft Punk along with television commercials. Although the film is in English, it has a somewhat French structure and pacing (like Truffaut's lighter works or "My Wife is an Actress") which I liked as well. His next film is also written by Charlie Kaufman and is called "The Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" which stars Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet.