When a disgraced former college dean has a romance with a mysterious younger woman haunted by her dark, twisted past, he is forced to confront a shocking fact about his own life that he has kept secret for 50 years.
The Human Stain is the story of Coleman Silk (Hopkins), a classics professor with a terrible secret that is about to shatter his life in a small New England town. When his affair with a young troubled janitor (Kidman) is uncovered, the secret Silk had harbored for over fifty years from his wife, his children and colleague, writer Nathan Zuckerman, fast explodes in a conflagration of devastating consequences. It is Zuckerman who stumbles upon Silk's secret and sets out to reconstruct the unknown biography of this eminent, upright man, esteemed as an educator for nearly all his life, and to understand how this ingeniously contrived life came unraveled. Written by
'The Human Stain." What an odd name for a film until I found out its derivation. It simply means we leave a mark on everyone whom we encounter in our lifetime. This picture is going to make a BIG mark on you! It's a brilliant screen adaptation of Philip Roth's novel about... If you want to know about the story, please read it somewhere else because my intention behind writing this is to laud the unbelievable acting of Anthony Hopkins and Nicole Kidman. Hopkins's outstanding performances are a "given" however even with all the accolades awarded Kidman last year, I was unconvinced. I am a now a believer. Not only is she a gorgeous creation but skilled beyond imagination and if she's not nominated for Best Actress for this movie, I'll be super surprised. From scene one to the last, a viewer is transfixed by one of the most unusual stories to ever hit the silver screen. The picture is a masterpiece and NOT to be missed.
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