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Birthmarked (2018)

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Two scientists raise 3 children contrarily to their genetic tendencies to prove the ultimate power of nurture over nature.

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Marc Tulin, Marc Tulin (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Matthew Goode ... Ben
Toni Collette ... Catherine
Andreas Apergis ... Samsonov
Jordan Poole ... Luke
Megan O'Kelly ... Maya
Anton Gillis-Adelman ... Maurice
Michael Smiley ... Gertz
Fionnula Flanagan ... Mrs. Tridek
Suzanne Clément ... Dr. Julie Bouchard
Vincent Hoss-Desmarais ... Henry Morin
Tyrone Benskin ... Dr. Metcalfe
Brent Skagford ... Teacher Duggins
Cat Lemieux ... Female Scientist #1
Owen Bruemmer ... Ben 12 years old
Emanuel Hoss-Desmarais ... Male Scientist #2
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In 1977, two respected scientists, Ben Morin and his wife Catherine quit their jobs at the university to conduct an experiment they think will revolutionize our understanding of human identity. The project aims to raise three children contrarily to their genetic predispositions to prove the ultimate power of nurture over nature. They want to prove that everyone has the same potential to become anything. Maya, a newborn girl adopted from two feebleminded parents, is raised to be smart, while Maurice, a newborn boy adopted from two anger-prone parents, is raised to be a pacifist. Finally, their own biological son Luke, who comes from a long lineage of scientific brains, is raised to become a revered artist. The experiment will reveal little scientific truth, but rather lead Ben and Catherine to discover the true value of family. Written by Marc Tulin

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You Can't Always Raise Who You Want See more »

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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 March 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Birthmarked See more »

Filming Locations:

Montréal, Québec, Canada

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Item 7, Parallel See more »
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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Performed by Joe Dolan
Written by Albert Hammond and Mike Hazlewood
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Dark Humor Isn't Sustained & Movie Loses Its Focus
29 May 2018 | by larrys3See all my reviews

The way this film began, I thought I might be onto something here with its dark humor leading the way. However, as the movie progressed it not only seemed to lose its focus but its humor as well.

Matthew Goode and Toni Collette star as two professors of science who obtain funding from a foundation led by Michael Smiley to use 2 adopted children plus their own soon-to-be baby in an experiment that they feel will prove no one must be a prisoner to their genetic make-up.

So for example, one of their adopted children, who comes from a family of "dolts" will be nurtured and home schooled so that she will become a "brainiac". In this controlled environment, they hope to confirm their hypotheses and eventually publish their findings.

However, aside from the fact that their children are treated like lab rats and are not told what is occurring, things will eventually go awry in various ways as does the movie itself, which seems to fall apart.

Overall, some of the very dark humor does work at times here, with Andreas Apergis quite funny as the assistant sent over by Smiley to help the parents. To note, for those concerned there's nudity in the film, as well as some rather explicit and suggestive sexual references. There's also what I thought was a rather despicable scene where an animal is killed in an experiment and a young girl is blamed for its death.


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