The Human Stain

{4/5} “Granted, she’s not my first love. Granted, she’s not my great love. But she is… my last love. Doesn’t that count for something?”

Coleman has quit his job as a professor and his wife has died. He befriends Nathan, a writer, initially hoping that he would write a book about him. He also begins a relationship with Faunia, a woman much younger than he is. Faunia has had a difficult life — her kids died in an accident and her ex-husband Lester, a Vietnam War vet, is less than stable.

The Human Stain was released in 2003.

This isn’t a movie to watch if you’re looking for car chases and explosions. It’s a movie to watch if you’re looking for some great acting, particularly from Anthony Hopkins and Nicole Kidman.

It’s not always a happy story, but it is an interesting one. There are some flashbacks to when Coleman was a young man, when he made a shocking decision.

It’s about loss, love, and race.

The gentle music is by Rachel Portman (The Lake House).

Anthony Hopkins (Hearts in Atlantis) plays Coleman and Nicole Kidman (Moulin Rouge!) plays Faunia. Gary Sinise (Forrest Gump) plays Nathan and Ed Harris (That’s What I Am) plays Lester.

The movie was directed by Robert Benton (Nobody’s Fool).

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