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Rated NR · 84 minutes · 2008

Documentary
German director and thalidomide victim Niko von Glasow recruits 11 middle-aged fellow sufferers to exhibit their deformed—in some cases limbless—bodies for a nude calendar. That may sound like a tough sell, but this brisk, funny, and often howlingly un-PC documentary was tailor-made for people who flinch at the sentimental manipulations of many disability docs. It works above all because its subjects are splendid and disarmingly candid conversationalists. The acerbic von Glasow came up as a production assistant to gloom-meister Rainer Werner Fassbinder, and it's easy to imagine the affinity between the two. In English and subtitled German.


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Director: Niko Glasow
Producer: Ewa Borowski, Niko Glasow, Frank Henschke and Anne-Sophie Quancard

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