The Human Stain (2003)

R   |    |  Drama, Romance, Thriller


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When a disgraced former college dean has a romance with a mysterious younger woman haunted by her dark, twisted past, he is forced to confront a shocking fact about his own life that he has kept secret for fifty years.


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  • Nicole Kidman and Philip Roth in The Human Stain (2003)
  • Nicole Kidman in The Human Stain (2003)
  • Jean-Yves Escoffier in The Human Stain (2003)
  • Anthony Hopkins at an event for The Human Stain (2003)
  • Nicole Kidman and Robert Benton in The Human Stain (2003)
  • Anthony Hopkins and Nicole Kidman in The Human Stain (2003)

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19 February 2005 | Iwouldtakethebullet
9
| I don't see whats so bad
There has been a lot of bad press about this movie, and, to a point, I don't understand why. Of course, I think that both Hopkins and Kidman were miscast in their respective roles, but at least Kidman trounced her miscasting and turned in a very strong, artistically nuanced performance.

This movie, to me anyways, seemed to be a bit theatrical. The camera shots are often distant, not allowing us to see the actors close up. The script is very loose, allowing for the actors to take the roles and make them their own. Also, most of the actors give very broad, exaggerated ( but not too much) performances. I consider this to be good. We live in an age when theatre is losing its popularity and the director of this film seems to have found a way to bring theatre into cinema.

There are some slight flaws in the movie. Hopkins speaks with a Weslh accent for no apparent reason. The ending is a tad bit drawn out, not terribly so.

Above all though, I consider this film to be a work of art. It certainly made me think about my own life; it's very powerful.

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