HUMAN NATURE
2001, Warner Bros., 96 min, USA, Dir: Michel Gondry

Michel Gondry made his feature debut with this subversive and satirical comedy from the pen of screenwriter Charlie Kaufman (BEING JOHN MALKOVICH). Severe body-hair issues led Patricia Arquette into the wilderness, but desire led her back out - and into the arms of research psychologist Tim Robbins. Together they discover a young man (Rhys Ifans) who has been raised as an ape … and the line between man and beast only gets thinner from there.


ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND
2004, Focus Features, 108 min, USA, Dir: Michel Gondry

Director Michel Gondry and writer Charlie Kaufman’s second collaboration earned them a Best Original Screenplay Oscar for this unusual sci-fi romance, hailed by Entertainment Weekly, Paste Magazine and many others as one of the best films of the 2000s. After a break-up, Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet have their memories of each other erased by the Lacuna corporation, but the former lovers remain joined by fate.


ADAPTATION.
2002, Sony Repertory, 114 min, USA, Dir: Spike Jonze

From the team who brought us BEING JOHN MALKOVICH, director Spike Jonze and screenwriter Charlie Kaufman, ADAPTATION is a brilliantly offbeat comedy starring Nicolas Cage as “Charlie Kaufman,” a confused L.A. screenwriter overwhelmed by feelings of inadequacy, sexual frustration and self-loathing - and by the screenwriting ambitions of his freeloading twin brother, Donald (also played by Cage). While struggling to adapt “The Orchid Thief” by Susan Orlean (Meryl Streep), Kaufman’s life spins from pathetic to bizarre. The lives of Kaufman, Orlean and orchid poacher John Laroche (Chris Cooper), the subject of Orlean’s book, become strangely intertwined as each one’s search for passion collides with the others’.


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