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 (From The Hollywood Interview. 25 February 2012, 8:40 PM, PST)

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Jean-Pierre Gorin ... Narrator

Directed by
Jean-Pierre Gorin 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Jean-Pierre Gorin 

Produced by
Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen .... producer
Jean-Pierre Gorin .... producer
Cinematography by
Les Blank 
Film Editing by
Greg Durbin 
Sound Department
Anna Boorstin .... sound editor
Lynn Burnstan .... sound editor
Maureen Gosling .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Maureen Gosling .... still photographer
Editorial Department
Joseph .... color timer (as Josh Rushton)
Laraine Mestman .... assistant editor
Tom Sartori .... colorist
Clay Walker .... assistant editor
Chris Weber .... negative cutter
Manny Farber .... special thanks
Tom Luddy .... special thanks
Alice Waters .... special thanks

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77 min
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10 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
Mean spirited?, 1 May 2006
Author: Anasazie from Mars

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

I don't really see how the previous reviewer came up with that one! Doesn't the film-maker show us that it's the aforementioned society that's mean spirited?

The film's a poignant, haunting critique of a world that doesn't allow its citizens any real individuality, doesn't allow people to sit on the outside in any way. Conform or be conformed? That is the ultimatum.

The scene when the school children had to pledge allegiance to the USA-ian flag disgusted me beyond belief. Seeing that made me so glad to have grown-up in a country that doesn't instill that kind of unconstructive nationalism in it's people at such a young age.

It's fascinating to see/hear the twins talking in their invented language, it's mythical, it's beautiful. But the way in which their exclusive communication is destroyed by institutionalised science and education is heartbreaking. The tragic events that occur throughout the making of this film contain so much truth about the state induced uniformity of the modern world, the affects of cultural displacement on it's people, the vulture-like behaviour of the media and ultimately, the complete and utter failure of the USA-ian dream. It's absolutely spot-on.

It's an extraordinarily sad tale, but one I highly recommend seeing if you can. Also, check out Gorin's equally relevant documentary from the 80s. "Routine Pleasures"

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