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Human Nature

Michel Gondry

Comedy, Drama
A woman in love with a man in love with another woman, and all three have designs on a young man raised as an ape.

A philosophical burlesque, the film follows the ups and downs of an obsessive scientist, a female naturalist, and the man they discover, born and raised in the wild. As scientist Nathan trains the wild man, Puff, in the ways of the world - starting with table manners - Nathan's lover Lila fights to preserve the man's simian past, which represents a freedom enviable to most. In the power struggle that ensues, an unusual love triangle emerges exposing the perversities of the human heart and the idiosyncrasies of the civilized mind. Human Nature is a comical examination of the trappings of desire in a world where both nature and culture are idealized.

Main cast : Tim Robbins, Patricia Arquette and Rhys Ifans
Festivals :

High Hopes Award, Munich Film Festival (2002)

Best Screenplay, National Board of Review, USA (2002)

Nominated for the Tokyo Grand Prix, Tokyo International Film Festival (2001)


Michel Gondry Feature Films Human Nature


Patricia ArquetteLila Jute
Rhys IfansPuff
Tim RobbinsDr. Nathan Bronfman
Ken MageePolice Detective
Sy RichardsonPolice Detective
David WarshofskyPolice Detective
Hilary DuffYoung Lila Jute
Stanley DeSantisDoctor as Stanley Desantis
Peter DinklageFrank
Toby HussPuff's Father
Bobby HarwellCongressman
Daryl AndersonCongressman
Bobby PyleYoung Puff
Chase MacKenzie BebakYoung Nathan as Chase Bebak
Mary Kay PlaceNathan's Mother
Distribution FranceBac Films
Distribution USAFine Line Features