NoBody's Perfect (2008)
Disabled from birth due to the ravaging side effects of thalidomide, filmmaker Niko von Glasow embarks on a quest to find 11 others like him who are willing to pose for nude photographs illustrating the deformities that are just a normal part of their everyday lives. By photographing "thalidomiders" in their natural state, von Glasow offers onlookers the opportunity to witness just how the human body can respond to the drug without making the observer feel awkward about their curiosity, or the observed feel as if they're the object of intense scrutiny. Over the course of the film, the director speaks at length with his subjects about their experiences growing up, and their feelings about the project. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi … More
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Critic Reviews for NoBody's Perfect
A darkly funny and fascinating examination of body image, sexuality, and self-esteem.
Glasow achieves something rare in documentaries today: the joy of listening to people talk.
Nobody's Perfect is a film that succeeds on many levels.
An exemplar of fresh-air filmmaking that addresses the devastating legacy of the drug thalidomide with acidic wit and grumpy honesty.
The film tastefully handles the sensitive subject, but it lacks the bite that a Michael Moore would have provided.
[Features] a slack, scattershot approach that ill serves the director's intermittently audacious film.
Drop the impotent Michael Moore-esque exposť on the company who manufactured the drug, and this moving doc would, in fact, be perfect.
This insightful documentary takes its place among all features that call upon us to be ourselves, to 'come out' and help prove to all that nobody's perfect.
An extraordinary German documentary about 12 adults with disabilities created by the toxic drug Thalidomide and how a special project lifts their spirits and gives them a fresh sense of community.
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