The Human Stain
Character: Faunia Farley
Directed by: Robert Benton
Written by: Nicholas Meyer, Philip Roth
Produced by: Andre Lamal, Eberhard Kayser, Gary Lucchesi
Other cast: Anthony Hopkins, Ed Harris, Gary Sinise, Wentworth Miller
Release date: October 31, 2003
Genre: Drama, Romance, Thriller
Running time: 1h 46min

Coleman Silk is a worldly and admired professor who loses his job after unwittingly making a racial slur. To clear his name, Silk writes a book about the events with his friend and colleague Nathan Zuckerman, who in the process discovers a dark secret Silk has hidden his whole life. All the while, Silk engages in an affair with Faunia Farley, a younger woman whose tormented past threatens to unravel the layers of deception Silk has constructed.


• How far would you go to escape the past?


• To prepare for her role, Nicole Kidman visited women’s shelters and talked to former victims of abuse for inspiration.

Character’s Quotes

• Action is the enemy of thought.

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