The Human Stain

The Human Stain

La Tache

DVD - 2004
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A professor wrongly fired for racism has been hiding a more devastating secret for fifty years.
Audience: OFRB rating: 14A.
Publisher: Montréal : Alliance Atlantis, 2004.
Branch Call Number: DVD FIC Human
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (96 min.) : digital, sound, color ; 12 cm
Language Note: In English dubbed in French with French and Spanish subtitles.
Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.


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Dec 22, 2018

This movie was a strong 4 1/2 a really wonderful movie with lots of excellent acting that goes hand in hand with a great story. Almost good enough to get some media accolades. We really enjoyed, however if you are someone that has a difficult time following a movie and it's internal content and find it easier to follow a movie by its action scenes and loud music then don't select this one. It takes listing, following and understanding to really appreciate. This is a movie that we will reflect on in the years to come.

Jun 26, 2018

An adaptation of Philip Roth's novel that brings together an almost stellar cast - and the 'almost', alas, is fatal. Nicole Kidman simply cannot act, and there is no plausible reason why Anthony Hopkin's character would be interested in her beyond a steamy one-night fling. Their protracted affair detracts from the film's praiseworthy denunciation of political correctness and the lie at the heart of Hopkin's character. In supporting roles Gary Sinise is okay but Ed Harris is downright terrific: he really takes over the movie in his cameo scenes. When the spotlight switches back to Kidman, however, the film moves painfully into the category of unwatchable. Too bad.

Jun 29, 2017

Odd story with a twist. Really had it figured out in the first 20 minutes. Hopkins is great.

Feb 08, 2016

Overall, a pretty good film however it's better enjoyed if you don't over-analyze or ask logical questions as the film progresses. My view contradicts one stated in the film: had Hopkin's character revealed his true race, this would have proven he had racist views, and would have supported the student's allegations.

Oct 06, 2014

Worth a watch. Only Kidman and Hopkins' good acting made the May/December romance work.

Jan 21, 2014

Anthony Hopkins excels in any film he's in, regardless of its caliber or content. This was good; not staggering, but good. Different. His ethnicity issue just didn't feel entirely believable, nor did his May/December relationship with Kidman.

tturner0561 Jun 12, 2013

This movie is phenomenal! Anthony Hopkins and Nicole Kidman are two broken people who start a relationship. Unbelievably good!

btmslt Jun 15, 2012

An interesting love story/thriller. Hopkins is great as the professor who hides and denies his background to become more acceptable in society.

May 25, 2012

Anthony Hopkins and Nicole Kidman deliver their best in this film based on the novel by Philip Roth. It has many levels and surprises as the story unfolds. You will be well rewarded for watching.


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Coleman Silk (after finding out Faunia has three jobs): "You keep pretty busy." Faunia Farley: "Action is the enemy of thought."

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