Joe's a car salesman with a problem. He has two days to sell 12 cars or he loses his job. This would be a difficult task at the best of times but Joe has to contend with his girlfriends (... See full summary »
By working through problems stemming from his past, Tom Warshaw, an American artist living in Paris, begins to discover who he really is, and returns to his home to reconcile with his family and friends.
In the midst of his crumbling relationship, a radio show host begins speaking to his biggest fan, a young boy, via the telephone. But when questions about the boy's identity come up, the host's life is thrown into chaos.
Five bittersweet vignettes that span the entire human history about five different men, all called Hector and played by the same actor (Robin Williams), who find themselves at a critical juncture in their lives. In prehistoric times, Hector lives in peace with his wife and their little son and daughter in a cave on a quite uninhabited island somewhere in the north. His world is shattered when a group of foreign pagan raiders led by a young chieftain and a somewhat pacifistic priest arrive there. In Ancient Rome, Hector is a loyal well-treated slave of Lucinnius, a somewhat naive big trader with political connections. When his latest shipment fails to arrive and the local corrupt governor Cyprion refuses to lend him money for his further endeavors due to bad omen that a professional soothsayer saw while reading the future from a chicken liver, he is ruined. To make things worse, just as Hector plans to ask his master for freedom and elope with his master's female African slave Thalia, ...
The language spoken by the Barbarian raiders in the first story is Irish Gaelic. See more »
This is the story of a story. Once upon a time there was this story, and the story said to itself, how should I begin?
Try the usual way.
What, in the dark with a man and a woman, in a story that is still to tell itself?
Well, you've got to start somewhere. Say, long long ago... Or, far far away... Or, another time in a different distant country... Or just, once...
That's good. "Far away", so you know the place is close to your own heart. "Once" is nice, so we know that it always ...
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I really wanted to like Being Human, but I couldn't get into the film. I liked the philosophical meaning of the film, but the film was practically a snoozefest. Not much happened other than talk about the meaning of life and courage. I liked how they tried to work this movie over several time periods, but in the end it didn't matter that much. I see the talent in this movie and there were bursts of good moments, but it was a dry film on the whole.
This film is about one man's journey to capture the spirit of courage over many centuries during different civilizations.
As for the acting, well all the actors gave the film their best. Robin Williams turned in a serious dramatic performance, and that may have saved the movie from oblivion. I also liked John Turturro's few minutes of his entertaining presence.
Overall, Being Human is not a great film in any stretch of the imagination. It's not god awful either, but perhaps there is a reason why this film remained obscure, twenty-one years after its release date. I liked the attempt to create some philosophical meanings. But good intentions can only carry a film too far. Despite its good intentions, this film is a bust. It has its moment of fine filmmaking, but it could have had way more! My Grade: D+
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