writer of Being John Malkovich Charlie Kaufman comes another bizarre and
bewildering creation, a ‘sad comedy’ to quote it’s French director Michael
Gondry. A movie with whose moral is it has no moral or message yet it is
played out in a serious fashion as if it does. Human nature is more about the
four main characters human anomalies than the concepts of human freedom and
the imprisonment of modern civilisation, which serves only as a backdrop.
Arquette plays Lila Jute, a woman who becomes a successful nature writer after
living wild in an attempt to escape her embarrassing secret. She is a wolf
girl covered in thick body hair which only constant shaving or electrolysis
can remove to allow her to mix with ‘normal’ humans. Tim Robbins is Nathan
Bronfman, a behavioural scientist hopelessly repressed and anal-retentive
hoping to make the world a better place through teaching mice the importance
of table manners.
Add Puff, a
wild human raised as an ape by his father who thought himself an ape, and is
living naked and happy following his primal instincts. Puff is captured by
Nathan who then proceeds to teach him table manners in the pursuit to further
his scientific reputation and bring Puff into humanity’s fold. Nathan begins
himself a relationship with Lila but strays with his breathy French research
are used to tell the story as Nathan begins the movie dead with a bullet hole
in his head, Lila confessing to the murder to police and Puff telling of his
plight to a seemingly very interested congress. There is a delightful series
of cameos by two white mice who seem to parallel Puff’s transformation from
ape to civilised orator.
The film is a
mixture of comedy with characters that are truly tormented in some way, which
helps one emphasise with them. This is an enjoyable but somewhat unnerving
spoof into human behaviour although it never becomes preachy and stays solely
in the realm of the bizarre. Recommended to those who want something
completely different (or want to see Patricia Arquette completely naked).
Avoid if you have an aversion to shock treatment or male nudity of the less
than flattering kind.
transfer is crisp and pleasing in a 16X9 anamorphic transfer (widescreen)
Audio is in Dolby Digital 5.1 and 2.0 and is clear but
not overly memorable in the surround stakes.
include a funny trailer, a featurette, and interviews that give some insight
into what this movie is all about. It is interesting to note director Michael
Gondry admit to playing a little with the audience in presenting a film that
has no real moral but purports to a greater purpose. Menu format is well
presented with a voice over of an annoying female sprouting life lessons on
good manners (part of Puff’s re education).
Cast & Crew Interviews