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The Human Contract (2008)

R | | Drama | 18 March 2010 (Israel)
A successful corporate type harboring a deep, dark secret befriends a free-spirited stranger who encourages him to ditch his stuffy lifestyle and live life in reckless abandon.



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E.J Winters
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Thalia (as Nicole Muirbrook Wagner)
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Locked doors, and the monster inside us. In L.A., tightly-wound Julian Wright is separated. He meets Michael, she's seductive and uninhibited; by chance, a few days later they connect. The PR firm where he's creative director is competing to be bought by a household name (think Proctor & Gamble); winning will bring money, status, and a big ad budget. His firm's win depends on both his ideas and his maintaining traditional values; so, he puts his divorce on hold. His family adds problems: childhood memories and his sister's abusive husband threaten his balance. His fuse is short. Will self control hold obsession and fury in check, or is Michael the spark that will start a conflagration? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexual content, language and violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

18 March 2010 (Israel)  »

Also Known As:

Bajo la piel  »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


In the cemetery scene there is a grave marker with the name Makaveli and the dates 1971-1996 on it. This is a tribute to Director/Writer Jada Pinkett Smith's close friend and rapper/actor Tupac Shakur whom she knew since they were young adults. See more »


When Michael and Julian are talking about Christmas, Michael changes position with the two different camera angles. One camera she's on her back while the other camera she's on her side with her hand under her chin. See more »


Julian Wright: I have never believed I deserve to be loved. But now I see that everything I've ever wanted has always been right in front of me. I've been the only thing standing in my way. But no more. No more.
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Human Contract End Credits Closing Theme
Written by Anthony Marinelli, Taylor Graves and Cameron Graves
Performed by Willow Smith
Produced by Anthony Marinelli & Clint Bennett
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5 February 2011 | by See all my reviews

I really was overwhelmed by the greatness of this film. The title seemed too philosophical for me, but in the end it proved right,so now I'm Jason Clarke's fan (wasn't before). This film made me sit for a long time and think hard about my relationships and how I react to my mother and my dear ones. After watching The Human Contract I truly realized that our tears should be shed for other human beings not for things in this material world.I love Jada Pinkett Smith and Paz Vega, and, of course, Idris Elba. I've always thought that Spanish actress Paz Vega is much better than Penelope Cruz, but she hadn't had the same opportunities. In the film The Human Contract she surpasses herself and gives us the portrait of a suffering woman, who lives her life only to try to do what is "decent" and appropriate for her, disregarding the criticizing society.

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