Nearly two years after having gone amiss in Africa, renowned anthropologist Dr. Ethan Powell is caught committing a crime and subsequently imprisoned in a Florida mental institution, where aspiring psychiatrist Dr. Theo Calder takes over his important case. Dr. Powell, who has been with a group of gorillas during all that time, is not talking at all and seems to be living in a dreamworld. Very slowly, Dr. Calder manages to reach Ethan Powell and starts finding out why Ethan killed two of the poachers. Yet Theo's case is not just about why the murders have happened, but also about how Dr. Powell became the being he is in the first place. With Ethan's silence broken, Theo is introduced into a world beyond common human comprehension: The true nature of being. He learns that mankind's control of everything is a mere illusion and that the true values of existence can't be found so easily. Ethan changes Theo's view of things forever.Written by
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Loosely based on the book "Ishmael" by Daniel Quinn. See more »
When Theo goes to visit Lynn at her home it is late at night, yet once inside the house, daylight is coming through the windows. See more »
[Farewell letter to Dr. Calder]
Dear Theo: I'm sorry I'm not there to say goodbye. You were right. Freedom is not just a dream. It's there, on the other side of those fences we build all by ourselves. Thank you for giving me hope and for giving me back my daughter. And I thank you, Theo, for sharing this journey with me. Your friend, Ethan.
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Instinct is one of the most amazing films ever produced. Its unique way of
criticizing men´s quest of total domination of all kinds of situations and
values conflict could never be made by amateurs. Just like Fight Club, it
not possible to watch it and not think about our condition, about our
values, our REAL needs. Those who have already read Herbert Marcuse's
"Unidimensional Man" or even Capra will certainly notice some relation
between them, and see that the idea of these movies is
Unfortunately I do not have enough knowledge to extract everything that
these films can offer, but it is not necessary to be a genious to get the
"greatness" of theses films.
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