Bill Forsyth's films are always idiosyncratic, but BEING HUMAN is so steeped in the director's interior dialogue with himself as to be incomprehensible to anyone who doesn't happen to be Bill Forsyth. Robin Williams plays Hector, whose struggle to be human is told through a series of
allegorical vignettes, each set in a different historical period.
A brief scene in the present introduces Hector as a long-absent father attempting a reconciliation with his children during a weekend at the beach. An unseen narrator (Theresa Russell) guides us through four separate stories, all of which, we are warned, are the "same story." In the first of
these, set in a neolith...