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NoBody's Perfect (2008)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 11 September 2008 (Germany)
In the late 1950s and early 60s, over 10,000 children were born with defects due to the use of Thalidomide. Niko von Glasow was one of them, and in NOBODY'S PERFECT he tracks down 11 others who suffered the same side-effects.


Niko von Glasow
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Credited cast:
Fred Dove Fred Dove ... Self
Mat Fraser ... Self
Stefan Fricke Stefan Fricke ... Self
Sigrid Kwella Sigrid Kwella ... Self
Andreas Meyer Andreas Meyer ... Self
Kim Morton Kim Morton ... Self
Doris Pakendorf Doris Pakendorf ... Self
Sofia Plich Sofia Plich ... Self
Petra Uttenweiler Petra Uttenweiler ... Self
Bianca Vogel Bianca Vogel ... Self
Mandel von Glasow Mandel von Glasow ... Self
Niko von Glasow Niko von Glasow ... Self
Theo Zavelberg Theo Zavelberg ... Self


NOBODY'S PERFECT is a documentary which shows Niko von Glasow's search for eleven people who, like him, were born disabled due to the side effects of the drug thalidomide. These eleven people are also prepared to be photographed for a calendar, and photographed naked, allowing people who would otherwise glance furtively at thalidomiders to take a good, long look. In the process Niko discovers a range of fascinating characters who have learned to lead an impressively "normal" life, which incorporates their disability. With black humour, and paying no heed to political correctness, NOBODY'S PERFECT gives a portrait of twelve extraordinary personalities who react with curiosity, enthusiasm or horror (like Niko himself) to the project. Written by MDTV

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A telling film...
12 December 2013 | by faaus72See all my reviews

I really didn't know what to expect when I started watching this. I'm sure that there was a normal amount of gawk-factor involved. That passed very quickly as the psyches of the participants were laid bare.

What impressed me most were two distinct realities. First, I learned a good bit about the terrible effects of the Thalidomide drug, and also volumes about the effects of deformities on the people who suffer them.

Second, I got to see the "victims" learn from each other about the issues that they were saddled with and how that helped empower and draw them together.

I do hope that the firm which developed the drug will reach out to the victims and provide support for them.

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English | German

Release Date:

11 September 2008 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Nobody's Perfect See more »


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Opening Weekend USA:

$533, 18 April 2010

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(Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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