From the Oscar-winning team behind MAN ON WIRE comes the story of Nim, the chimpanzee who in the 1970s became the focus of a landmark experiment which aimed to show that an ape could learn to communicate with language if raised and nurtured like a human child. Following Nim's extraordinary journey through human society, and the enduring impact he makes on the people he meets along the way, the film is an unflinching and unsentimental biography of an animal we tried to make human. What we learn about his true nature - and indeed our own - is comic, revealing and profoundly unsettling.
- James Marsh
- Run Time
- 1 hour 33 minutes
This haunting life story is an exquisite example of non-fiction filmmaking as full-bodied, emotionally complex drama.David Rooney, Hollywood Reporter, 01.04.2012
The chimp comes out of it well. Homo sapiens, of course, is found wanting.Peter Bradshaw, Guardian [UK], 08.11.2011
I was very moved by this film.Thomas Caldwell, Cinema Autopsy, 12.09.2011
As a cinema experience, Project Nim was never likely to reach the heights of Marsh's Man on Wire, but the eccentricities of his story made it well worth telling.Tim Robey, Daily Telegraph, 08.11.2011