A story about stories as Robin Williams portraits different characters throughout the history of human kind.
This movie is delightful and inspirational in its unpretentious approach while telling short stories with a very calm pace. This movie is a must watch for the body of work on Robin Williams and to see his marvelous talent in action. Also the stories are so well crafted that even in the absence of a grand story arc each plot is interesting and insightful into the state of human kind in the particular historic era. One recurring theme in the movie are humans and men (in the role of Robin Williams) in their helpless relationship with overwhelming powers like love, money, faith and ego while being driven into decisions as „slaves“ to the grander scheme of things. The movie starts and ends at the sea and uses the shore often throughout the plots. I imagine it could be interpreted as humankind at the shore of the vast „ocean“ of time living one’s personal stories resigned to one’s fate. The story of humans as a recurring and an „insignificant“ theme in front of the backdrop of cosmological time as waves collapsing on a beach grind sand. The question of being human is answered with „being human“ with a pinch of hope…
Being Human (1994 film)
Being Human is a 1994 British-Japanese comedy-drama film written and directed by Bill Forsyth and starring Robin Williams, John Turturro, Bill Nighy, Vincent D'Onofrio, Robert Carlyle and Theresa Russell.
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Robin McLaurin Williams (July 21, 1951 – August 11, 2014) was an American actor and comedian. Chicago-born, Williams started as a stand-up comedian in San Francisco and Los Angeles in the mid-1970s.
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