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A guided tour into the invisible world of cells, told through a collage of metaphors. Discusses and portrays the invisible world of cells... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Klaus-Michael Debatin ... Himself
Pierre Golstein ... Himself
Robert Horvitz ... Himself
Rita Levi-Montalcini ... Herself
Polly Matzinger ... Herself
Martin Raff ... Himself

Directed by
Jean-François Brunet 
Peter Friedman 
Writing credits
Peter Friedman (written by) &
Jean-François Brunet (written by)

Produced by
Peter Friedman .... producer
Emmanuel Laurent .... producer
Cinematography by
Van Carlson  (as Carlson Van Theodore)
Film Editing by
Jean-François Brunet 
Peter Friedman 
Sound Department
Christophe Etrillard .... sound editor
Henri Maïkoff .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Darren Rydstrom .... assistant camera
Animation Department
Emily Hubley .... animator
Editorial Department
Mathilde Cousin .... assistant editor

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70 min

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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
A great scientific documentary, 12 January 1999
Author: anonymous

This documentary explains a strange mechanism of pluricellular bodies (like ours) to produce large amounts of cells that are destroyed without having been used. That is the central point of the movie, but the directors also have made an effort to explain this point as simply as possible so they make lots of references to human conduct in which you can see that our social behavior -at least seen from the outside- looks a lot like what cells do. All scientists interviewed are clear and pedagogic and, thanks to their testimonies, the strange phenomenon of cellular death ends up being also a reflection of our (western) society's fear of death. A great, entertaining and enlightning film.

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