Being Human

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Released 1993

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Director:
Bill Forsyth
Released:
1993
Rating:
PG-13
Being Human is a 1994 drama about a man who, in various incarnations over thousands of years, searches to reunite his family. The unnamed man (Robin Williams) is initially an ancient Celt whose family is stolen from him. During the attack, he hides from the raiders instead of standing up to them and defending his family. He carries this guilt with him to his next incarnation in ancient Rome, where he is a slave to a cruel master. When his master is forced to commit suicide to escape a debt, he instructs his slave to join him. Hundreds of years later, the man is incarnated again, this time as a Scottish crusader. It is here that he once again meets the woman who was his wife in his first incarnation, and he is torn between staying with her and going home to his children. Later, in his fourth life, he is a Portugese man marooned on the coast of Africa. His wife is with him again, as is the man who stole her from him in his first life. Finally, in his fifth life, the man overcomes the cowardice and indecision that has plagued his numerous incarnations and brings his family back together.moreless

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  • 70

    The New York Times Janet Maslin

    Set against lovely verdant scenery but structured as a series of rambling vignettes, the stories in Being Human don't entirely mesh.

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    Variety Todd McCarthy

    Being Human never comes alive. This stillborn series of little fables is so flat and ill-conceived that it could convince the uninitiated that neither Robin Williams nor the highly...

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    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    Being Human doesn't seem to be about anything: Its five astonishingly limp parables might have been spun by a depressed Aesop who forgot to take his Prozac.

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