Being Human is a daring movie written and directed by Bill Forsyth (Local Hero) which will appeal mainly to mystics. Willa Cather once observed: "There are only two or three human stories and they go on repeating themselves as fiercely as if they never happened before." Here five stories from different periods of history are stitched together by the narration of Theresa Russell. Robin Williams plays a cave man who loses his family to a raiding party of strangers, a Roman slave who gets his freedom after his owner commits suicide, a medieval wanderer, a Portuguese shipwreck survivor, and a divorced New York landlord spending an uneasy weekend with his son and daughter. These stories join the past with the present and make a path into the future by celebrating universal human experiences — family ties, the yearning for freedom, love, sorrow, and the search for meaning.