The Man from Earth (2007)
April 6, 2015 2:50 AM - Subscribe

An impromptu goodbye party for Professor John Oldman becomes a mysterious interrogation after the retiring scholar reveals to his colleagues he never ages and has walked the earth for 14,000 years.
posted by gphilip (4 comments total)
I think I saw this because it was recommended in one of those 'what should I watch' Ask threads. Mildly entertaining but in the end it just wasn't compelling. Although, I may be one of the few who found the accidental Jesus bit incredibly amusing.
posted by Ik ben afgesneden at 7:51 AM on April 6, 2015

This was far better than I expected it to be, given its one-sentence summary.... But consider how much that says, given its one-sentence summary.
posted by meese at 9:24 AM on April 6, 2015

I saw this when it was first doing the Festival rounds, enjoyed it, and posted something on LiveJournal. The producer and another person attached to this project thanked me for talking about it a day after I had posted it.

It's super low budget, very low key, but I liked the writing and the acting supported the writing well enough.

Accidental Jesus indeed!

Thinking about this movie is making me nostalgic for my undergrad education (private liberal arts college with an enrollment of ~1000 students in a town of ~1000 townies. All profs and most TAs had PhDs. Class sizes capped at 20-25 depending on course and I even had a class, Symbolic Logic, with only 3 students).

I thought about teaching at a small school like that, but I'm not sure I could enjoy the small town lifestyle. The pay relative to the cost of living is attractive, though.
posted by porpoise at 11:19 AM on April 6, 2015 [1 favorite]

I enjoyed this movie a great deal, and thought it avoided many cliches until the Accidental Jesus thing. I really wish just one immortality story could avoid that, 'Jesus? no, no, never met him or heard of him until years after he died....nah, he just lived in a desert backwater and I was chilling in Rome, enjoying city life.'
posted by LooseFilter at 2:09 AM on April 10, 2015

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