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|FSK:||From 12 years|
What is being human? What makes a human being? What makes him love, what makes him suffer? What makes people happy, what makes them hate? Is man really the crown of creation or rather a whim of nature? And is there something that unites us all, despite all cultural, religious or social differences? Filmmaker Yann Arthus-Bertrand deals with these questions in his elaborately staged documentary film project "Human - Humanity". Over a period of more than three years, Arthus-Bertrand and his team have traveled through 60 countries and interviewed people in 63 languages. The filmmaker has brought a total of 2000 people before his camera. He has cut their stories and statements together into a colourful kaleidoscope that is repeatedly interrupted by spectacular aerial shots of wonderful landscapes or fascinating scenes.
That sometimes has a high show value and also offers some quite fascinating moments. And yet the two and a half hour long film has some big problems that make it a very tough affair. There is, for example, the fact that with many stories and statements one has the feeling that the world consists only of suffering, war and poverty. Even with "positive" topics, some bad things seem to resonate, be they diseases, wars or exploitation. There is no question that the intentions of the makers were praiseworthy. However, the film's advertised richness of facets gets lost in too many moments to show the audience how much suffering there is on our earth. And in the long run this is simply very exhausting and seems a bit one-sided.
Another problem is that the viewer is confronted with constantly changing protagonists. The mass of people, as well as the short time they can be seen, makes it almost impossible to build an emotional bond with them. And so after a certain time you simply lose interest in what is told here. Especially since many stories have a similar notch and can hardly be remembered for long. Too often you just get the feeling that Arthus-Bertrand wants to cause consternation in the audience with all his might, and that stands in contrast to the advertised versatility, which is actually supposed to be shown here.
"Human - Humanity" is essentially a very interesting project that has been implemented with praiseworthy ambitions. The movie has some moving moments and some great pictures, but for the most part it is very masterly and manipulative. Moreover, with well over two hours, he has guessed far too long. This once again proves that the good thought alone doesn't make a good movie. A somewhat differentiated approach to the actual diversity of humanity would have been desirable here. Worth seeing only with some exceptions
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