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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  • Anthony Hopkins and Robert Benton in The Human Stain (2003)
  • Nicole Kidman in The Human Stain (2003)
  • Jacinda Barrett and Wentworth Miller at an event for The Human Stain (2003)
  • Anthony Hopkins at an event for The Human Stain (2003)
  • Ed Harris and Gary Sinise in The Human Stain (2003)

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20 August 2004 | chron
10
| A Near Perfect Film
I honestly can not think of a single thing wrong with this movie. The actors are top rate actors that consistently turn in exceptional performances. This movie is no exception.

The plot is intriguing. The pasts of the main protagonists unfold, making their characters exceptionally deep. We get to see these characters evolve in interesting and compelling ways. There are shades-of-grey in these characters. We don't have the perfect hero. We have gentle people with kind hearts who make mistakes.

The direction is perfectly understated. There is a lot of nuance in the way the scenes are filmed and the way in which the actors are framed. Instead of the love scenes being the all-to-familiar humping and groaning, these scenes are filmed without graphic nudity. Note the way in which Anthony Hopkins places his hands on Nicole Kidman's back. It is so loving and tender and intimate.

Even the editing is right on. The length of the film, at 106 minutes, is the perfect length. There are no wasted scenes.

Some of the material is hard to watch. Note the posture and the facial expression on Anthony Hopkins in the kitchen scene in which Nicole Kidman is giving him a hard time. It is subtle and painful to watch.

If you are into light-hearted escapist film, this isn't for you. The subject matter is deep and difficult. I like these kinds of movies and this one is one of the best in class.

Kudos to all involved with this film.

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Details

Release Date:

18 December 2003

Language

English


Country of Origin

Germany, Ireland, USA

Filming Locations

Québec, Canada

Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,034,195 2 November 2003

Gross USA:

$5,381,908

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$22,954,068

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