One of the most interesting things about films/art is the shared experience. I am always interested in what appeals to…
The world will be a different place once you've seen it through his eyes.
From the team behind Man on Wire comes the story of Nim, the chimpanzee who in the 1970s became the focus of a landmark experiment which aimed to show that an ape could learn to communicate with language if raised and nurtured like a human child. Following Nim's extraordinary journey through human society, and the enduring impact he makes on the people he meets along the way, the film is an unflinching and unsentimental biography of an animal we tried to make human. What we learn about his true nature - and indeed our own - is comic, revealing and profoundly unsettling.
What a sad, moving and thought provoking documentary. It is hard to ignore some of the similarities between this documentary and the big budget spectacle that was Rise of the Planet of the Apes (albeit the films have wildly different conclusions). James Marsh was either very lucky or very tenacious to be able to get contributions from all the key personnel that impacted on Nim's life as well as getting access to some wonderful (and I mean that in both the good and bad sense) archive footage of the many lives he lived. The nature vs. nurture scientific study he was practically born into may well have had noble intentions for some of the scientists and teachers involved (it is…
Rejected sequel ideas: Nimph()maniac
As a person with a background in analytical science and also someone who loves his 15 pound dog, I was devastated by this film. I found myself most angry with the project creator and self-described scientist Herbert Terrance. What the fuck, Herb? This is not good science. If he didn't realize that this was a bad idea from the beginning, I'm OK with that. The idea sounds good - discover if a chimpanzee can learn sign language and use the evidence of this experiment to further the 'nature vs. nurture' debate. However, Herb, as you might have guessed, is an awful scientist. In fact, I would say that he is more of a philosopher, a dreamer, some kind of hippy-scientist…
Project Nim is like Au hasard Balthazar, as an innocent creature is tossed around by the whims of humans, only it's all real and its hero isn't a doleful donkey but a chimp who smokes weed. Nim is wrenched from his mother at birth and adopted by an annoying hippy, who breastfeeds him for two years. It's all part of a plan, put in place by a Columbia professor, to see whether a chimp - raised as a human - can be taught to construct sentences in sign language. But personal conflicts and simmering jealousies throw the (questionable) venture into disarray, and Nim is variously abused, disorientated and admonished for his animalistic behaviour, as he passes through the hands of…
Recommended to me on my Lend me your Heart list (which can be found here)
Simply stunning exposition of the arrogance and hypocrisy of our species.
This documentary moved me and pissed me off unbelievably at the same time. We follow chimp Nim over a time span of some 26 years. He is taken from his mother as the subject of a linguistic experiment to find out if you can raise a chimp as a human and teach him sign language. What follows is an, at times, infuriating and, always, engaging stories filled with ups, downs and a whole bunch of vain and villainous human beings.
It starts with the wrong assumption that we as humans can posses and control…
Project Nim documents the incredible story of a chimp that is taken away from its mother soon after birth to be the subject of a scientific experiment to see if a chimp can learn sign language. What on the surface seems to be a documentary about a chimp and its behaviour subtly turns into an exploration about the cruel and contradictory nature of humanity.
Presented in a slick and fast paced film that incorporates talking heads of some of the main players in Nim's life as well as stock and home footage of Nim and his antics, he soon falls away from being the centre of the documentary's attention. Once the fun and light-hearted moments of Nim's early years has…
Squaring up against Rise of the Planet of the Apes at the multiplex is a fascinating if ultimately disappointing documentary about chimpanzee intelligence, Project Nim. It has the same combination of archive footage, impressionistic re-enactments and talking heads that brought its British director, James Marsh, a Best Documentary Oscar for his 2008 film, Man on Wire. Sadly, lightning is unlikely to strike twice. The problem with Marsh’s technique is that it deadens our emotional response to the material, and is less about science than a narrative.
Chimpanzees are – like humans – wildly different in child and adult states. As young chimps, they are cuddly and entertaining; as adults, with five times’ human body strength, they are lethal. The film…
Well that was devastating.
Slick doc with drama bits, like peanut butter with chunks. Strong narrative drive the whole way through and lets you ask all the questions no one else is asking, as you judge and mentally scathe the characters.
Can't put my finger on it but the doc itself is a bit "So what?", but then it's all viewed from a distanced perspective.
I had no idea just how sad this documentary was going to be. The human subjects of the film really had no idea what they were getting into when they took in a chimp as an experiment. And the repercussions were astounding.
Not exactly subtle but powerful stuff, nonetheless
Documentaire sur l'adoption d'un chimpanzé par une famille humaine qui essaie de lui apprendre le langage des signes pour pouvoir communiquer avec lui.
Au fur et à mesure que le temps passe on s'attache à Nim (le chimpanzé) et on voit les différents acteurs dans sa vie et ainsi que les rôles qu'ils ont joués et par moment on pense vraiment être dans la planète des singes.
Ce documentaire permet beaucoup de réflexion (sur la race humaine, la communication, la façon de traiter les animaux, ...) et n'hésite pas à aborder les sujets sensibles.
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