Human Nature

Human Nature

Tim Robbins
Director: Michel Gondry Cast: Tim Robbins
Tim Robbins
, Patricia Arquette
Patricia Arquette
, Rhys Ifans
Rhys Ifans
Michel Gondry

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Video director Michel Gondry and scriptwriter Charles Kaufman -- who shot to fame after penning Being John Malkovich -- collaborate on this bizarre fable about human behavior in and out of society. The film opens by quickly introducing the three leads -- Lila (Patricia Arquette) who is locked away in prison; Puff (Rhys Ifans) who is testifying before Congress; and Nathan Bronfman (Tim Robbins) who is sitting in a glowing white afterlife waiting room with a bullet hole in his head. Rewinding to the beginning of the story, the film shows Lila as a girl about to enter womanhood. Unfortunately, puberty goes horribly awry and she starts to grow thick hair all over her body. After performing as Queen Kong in a circus freak show, she chucks it all and goes to live in the forest, where she becomes the best-selling author of a misanthropic hard-line ecological tome. At age 30, her itch for male companionship becomes overwhelming and she ventures back into the city. She is helped by electrolysis guru Louise (Rosie Perez), who not only makes Lila presentable to society, but introduces her to Nathan, a 35-year-old virgin who, as a scientist, has devoted his life to teaching table etiquette to lab mice. While showing Nathan the joys of the wild outdoors, Lila and her new beau discover an extremely hirsute feral man whom they dub Puff. Placing him a cage in his lab, Nathan sets out to teach Puff the ways of polite society while dreaming of fame and fortune. The first task is to curb Puff's enormous sexual appetite -- any time he catches sight of a female, Puff either tries to hump her or masturbates vigorously. Nathan yokes him with an electric collar that shocks him any time he acts unseemly. Unfortunately, the humans on the other side of the cage can't quite control their libidos either: Nathan succumbs to the incessant double entendres of his saucy French assistant Gabrielle (Miranda Otto) while Lila finds an animalistic lust for Nathan's science experiment. This film was screened at the 2001 Cannes Film Festival.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/07/2017
UPC: 0888574474843
Original Release: 2001
Rating: R
Source: Warner Archives
Presentation: [Full Frame]
Sound: [Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time: 1:36:00
Sales rank: 40,849

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Tim Robbins Nathan Bronfman
Patricia Arquette Lila Jute
Rhys Ifans Puff
Miranda Otto Gabrielle
Robert Forster Nathan's Father
Mary Kay Place Nathan's Mother
Miguel Sandoval Wendall the Therapist
Toby Huss Puff's Father
Peter Dinklage Frank
Rosie Perez Louise
Hilary Duff Young Lila

Technical Credits
Michel Gondry Director
Peter Andrus Art Director
Ted Hope Producer
Spike Jonze Producer
Charlie Kaufman Producer,Screenwriter
Drew Kunin Sound/Sound Designer
Tim Maurice-Jones Cinematographer
Jeanne McCarthy Casting
Graeme Revell Score Composer
Gene Serdena Set Decoration/Design
Nancy Steiner Costumes/Costume Designer

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