Good to see all my long held suspicions and prejudices about hippies finally confirmed.
Project Nim demonstrates that humans have the capacity to be as primitive and cruel as apes, and that chimps have the potential to communicate, empathize, and experience emotion like humans. I was impressed by the extent to which Nim was able to bond emotionally with the people he worked with, and the powerful guilt and sadness that some of them still had over leaving him behind.Bob Ingersoll's compassion was amazing
If there’s one thing I’ve learnt from the movies, it’s that you shouldn’t run a scientific project teaching sign language to a chimp if you know jack squat about chimps, sign language and the scientific method.
Usando como pretexto la odisea de un chimpancé convertido en sujeto de un curioso proyecto académico, James Marsh nos ofrece un sentido retrato de los mejor y lo peor del comportamiento humano: ambición, egoísmo, traición, amor y solidaridad (un poco en el espíritu de Au Hasard Balthazar). Los documentales de James Marsh tienen una estructura dramática digna de las mejores películas de ficción.
Quite a frustrating watch at just the sheer retardation of everyone involved in the project. These people were supposed to be scientists but the doco has pretty much no science element to it; or not enough to present a more balanced view on one of the great failings of scientific curiosity in this instance. Poor old Nim. 3 stars.
MUST WATCH. what starts as a awkward science project ends as an emotional and affecting statement for the humane treatment of animals. documenting the unforgivable mistreatment of a baby primate through decades of experiments, medical testing, changing environments and owners. an instructive film to accompany the entertaining yet loaded RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES. both important films of this year 2011
Wonderful documentary from James Marsh not quite matching the brilliance of his earlier "Man on Wire" or "Wisconsin Death Trip" though. Great tale of an experiment in nurture vs nature as a new born chimpanzee is removed from his mother and raised in a human environment. A film full of colourful characters looking back on the 26 years of Nim's life. Gives one pause to think what we do in the name of science.
Extraordinary documentary about a chimpanzee named Nim, who was the subject of a scientific experiment where he was raised as a human from infancy to study a chimp's ability to pick up human communication. What stars off as an adorable exercise in animal friendship becomes a tragic tale of betrayal and hardship, as Nim's growth makes him increasingly difficult to handle. A harrowing and intensely moving experience.
A taut, engaging documentary, with some obvious stylistic debts to Errol Morris, but I'm pretty OK with that. Nice original soundtrack by Dickon Hinchcliffe of Tindersticks. I had a traumatic and definitely Nim-inspired dream about my dog after seeing this movie last night, and if a movie can get in my head that thoroughly, the filmmaker must have done something right.
This is a phenomenal film I saw at IFF Boston, where it was received with a standing ovation. For me, it elicited excitement, curiosity, outrage and tears, among many other emotions.I expect this film to be nominated for the Best Documentary Oscar in 2012, as the film is made expertly, and strongly stimulates both one’s intellect and emotions. See the rest of my write-up here: http://tinyurl.com/6j2j55h