"What if a man from the Upper Paleolithic survived until the present day?"The Man from Earth
is a 2007 film about a group of college professors and a grad student sitting together in a cabin during an intimate going-away party. They contemplate the plausibility of their departing professor friend's story: witnessing thousands of years of human progress first-hand.
The professor, who calls himself John Oldman
, reveals that he's secretly 14,000 years old and a former caveman. The movie revolves around the characters dissecting John's claims about him being that old, and especially historical happenings
he claims to have been at and people
he claims to have met or even been. To make it all the more interesting, every character is a teacher at a certain subject that sooner or later is relevant or brought up (there's an archaeologist, a psychologist, a Christian literalist and a few more), and everyone deals with each new part of the story from John in different ways.
One of the most down-to-earth depictions of a seemingly immortal man in movie history.
The movie hit it big on BitTorrent sites in early November 2007. The producer squealed with glee.
This reaction was one of the earliest admissions by a film director or film producer that "illegal" downloads can be good for getting the word out for a work.
Pretty much every trope related to perceived immortality is brought up and discussed. It's very interesting for anyone that ever thought about immortality to watch. Do note though, that the movie is dialogue and nothing else. There's only one set, a bunch of characters and their interactions. And a marvelous script.
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