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Project Nim

Regizat de James Marsh
Marea Britanie, 2011
Documentar

Sinopsis

From the Oscar-winning team behind Man on Wire comes the story of Nim, the chimpanzee who, in the 1970s, became the focus of a landmark experiment that aimed to prove an ape—if raised and nurtured like a human child—could learn to communicate using sign language.

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Project Nim Regizat de James Marsh

Premii & Festivaluri

Sundance Film Festival

2011 | 2 premii

Indiewire Critics' Poll

2011 | Nominalizat Best Documentary

National Board of Review

2011 | Câștigător: Top Five Documentaries

Critics reviews

Marsh takes the remarkable true life story of Nim . . . to address deeper questions about scientific responsibility, human cruelty and selfishness, and the links between language and higher consciousness. It’s not exactly the wild fun ride of Man On Wire, but it’s quite a trip all the same.
January 21, 2011
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The comic bizarreness of this story, which also was told in a book by Elizabeth Hess, suggests that Charlie Kaufman might have been inspired by Nim to write the non-John Malkovich parts of “Being John Malkovich.” But this movie remains tinged with a horror that, like the bass line in some songs, you don’t notice but is crucial to the heft of the music.
January 20, 2011
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  • Thomas Dods's rating of the film Project Nim

    Truly excellent documentary. Effectively criticises a franckly stupid project by showing more humanity in the chimp than any of the scientists around him who are looking to understand how far they can push his intelligence. Very interesting story.

  • MichaelDub's rating of the film Project Nim

    Great documentary. That's what I love MUBI for - you can discover films you would otherwise never see. As for the film - I think the relationships between the people involved in the project was more interesting than the communicating chimp.

  • Karen's rating of the film Project Nim

    Interesting documentary, and worth watching for its insight into the relationships between humans and animals – veering from romantic and idealized to cynical and cruel. But nearly every person in this film came across as hapless or deluded or, in the case of Dr Terrace, an asshole.

  • Anita G's rating of the film Project Nim

    This documentary is about a very ambitious man (Prof. Herbert Terrace) who stops at nothing to get what he wants in the name of research. He is/was a manipulative, vain man with scarce empathy and a thirst purely for his own academic achievement. Nim was one of the many casualties of his narcissism. Heartbreaking. A well composed documentary about the HUMAN condition.

  • dave gunn's rating of the film Project Nim

    This was an extremely upsetting documentary. Poor Nim was kidnapped shortly after birth from a traumatized and imprisoned mother, bounced between broken homes as a scientific novelty shared amongst amoral pseudo-intellectuals, and then imprisoned once again. No living being deserves this. Human beings sicken me.

  • Xurxo G Penalta's rating of the film Project Nim

    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

  • Matthew_Lucas's rating of the film Project Nim

    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.

  • OFF_FRAME's rating of the film Project Nim

    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.

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