Errors of the Human Body (NR)

Drama 100 April 19th, 2013
By Lily Janiak
Errors of the Human Body, directed by Eron Sheean, sometimes masquerades as an action movie uneasily grafted onto the world of science academia. There's Geoff the brooding geneticist (Michael Eklund), his babe sidekick (Karoline Herfurth)-- "I'm not your intern anymore," she says, "you don’t have to feel guilty"-- and a skinhead bad guy (Tomas Lemarquis) who somehow prompts a bathroom brawl with the line "You will have to wait and read my paper." What's at stake is credit for the research on a disease that killed Geoff’s infant son and ruined his marriage to Sarah (Caroline Gerdolle). But if the film's storytelling relies on crutches, its visuals chronicle a weightier battle, between the laws of science, represented by an icy palette that starves the eye of color, and the caprices of life. Bodies do err, here, fruiting over with plum-like growths that, in one harrowing dream sequence, burst with vermin. But it also corrects, revealing healthy, taut skin to be a miracle of chance and beauty-- and the lab's "geniuses" to be as powerless as their own gruesomely treated rats. In this endgame, Sheean lets the cruelty of even good luck speak for itself; it's too bad his human characters aren't as compelling as his unicellular and viral ones.
Eron Sheean Michael Eklund, Karoline Herfurth, Tómas Lemarquis, Rik Mayall, Caroline Gerdolle, Yusuke Yamasaki, Ulrich Meinecke, Tómas Lemarquis Eron Sheean, Shane Danielsen IFC Films