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Movie Review: Nobody's Perfect

Alternate Title: A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

Story: Those, like me, that are old enough to remember the nightmare of thalidomide in the early 1960's will definitely appreciate this fine documentary by director Niko von Glasow. Those too young to have experienced the world wide horror of the thousands of deformed babies born (mostly in Europe) should not shy away from the film's premise. It is engaging, entertaining and by film's end you will be better off to have gotten to know the dozen or so individuals that are featured. The film was written by Andrew Emerson, Kiki von Glasow and Niko Glasow.

Niko von Glasgow goes in search of 11 other people who, like him, were born disabled due to the side effects of the drug, thalidomide. His idea is that if he can persuade these victims to pose naked for a calendar they will feel better about themselves and in the process educate the onlooker. Through his engaging encounters with other victims we meet people just like you and me. They lead full lives, do not feel sorry for themselves and have amazing senses of humor. The film has dark humor and is laughingly filled with political incorrectness.

The film maker could have gone the route of exposing the German drug maker, Grunenthal, for selling a defective product in the manner of a Michael Moore film. But he chose a different route. Yes, there is a bit of an attempt to dialogue with the drug maker but the film is more interested in investigating the lives of the 12 people that ultimately make it to the calendar.

Watch the trailer here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cmrwcoLxjmU

One of the best movie endings ever - form Some Like it Hot - 'Nobody's Perfect: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eLW5jzHsW7c

Acting: This is a documentary so 'acting' does not qualify as a category. The featured players are: Fred Dove, Mat Fraser, Stefan Fricke, Sigrid Kwella, Andreas Myeer, Kim Morton, Doris Pakendorf, Sofia Plich, Petra Uttenweiler, Bianca Vogel, Mandel von Glasow, Niko von Glasow, Theo Zavelberg

Trivia: Thalidomide was sold in a number of countries across the world from 1957 until 1961 when it was withdrawn from the market after being found to be a cause of birth defects in what has been called one of the biggest medical tragedies of modern times. Thalidomide is now being used to combat some cancers.

Predilection: I like documentaries.

Critters: A few adorable dogs.

Food: The last scene takes place during a celebratory meal.

Sex Spectrum: Sex is discussed and there is frontal nudity.

Soundtrack: I cannot recall any music.

Opening Titles: All credits are at the end.

Visual Art: The scenes where they shoot the calendar pages are wonderful.

Theater Audience: Eight other people.

Sappy Factor: 0

Quirky Meter: Deformity should measure on the quirky scale but this film was handled so well it does not register.

Squirm Scale: 0

Drift Factor: I paid attention throughout.

Predictability Level: High

Tissue Usage: 0

Oscar Worthy: No

Big Screen or Rental: Rental would be fine but I always promote seeing it on the big screen (if you can find it).

Length: 85 minutes.