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Human Nature

The screenwriter of Being John Malkovich and a French director who shot a bunch of Björk videos have combined their skills for a film that is--not so surprisingly--pretty damn odd. Patricia Arquette plays a woman afflicted with a hormonal condition that causes hair to grow all over her body. Fed up with the stares of society, she runs off to the woods and inadvertently becomes a famous nature writer. Using her new-found wealth for electrolysis, she returns to civilization and falls in love with an obsessive scientist (Tim Robbins) who's trying to teach table manners to mice. While hiking in the forest one day, the lovers stumble across a wild man (Rhys Ifans) raised in the woods by a gorilla (well, his crazy dad who thought he was a gorilla). Over the concerns of his girlfriend, our scientist decides to school the wildman in the intricacies of civilization, resulting in much tragedy. This one lacks the dark, inspired lunacy of Being John Malkovich, but it is a pretty original satire of sexual politics and societal conformity. 92 minutes