Marsh's film remains a deeply haunting portrait of the unbridgeable gap between kindred species.
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To drive home the pathos of Nim's mistreatment, James Marsh frequently makes questionable use of the creature's apparent similarity to human beings, trading complex analysis for easy sentiment.
You get a bad feeling early in Project Nim, the brilliant, traumatizing documentary by James Marsh (Man on Wire).
The movie works best when probing the nature of human interactions with Nim: He appears to form a close friendship with the stoner psych major Bob Ingersoll, not only foraging for food with him but also sharing joints.
The good news is that the film's stylistic excesses don't negate the many fascinating aspects of Nim's story.
A fascinating and in many ways tragic documentary, takes us back to one of the high-water marks of the apes-are-people-too era.
Here's a documentary so slick, novel, touching and outrageous that your first thought might be "This has to be fake."
British filmmaker James Marsh recreates this tale of an ambitious primate language study through traditional face-the-camera interviews, clever graphics and dramatic recreations.