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The Nature of Existence (2010)



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What are the answers to the great questions of life, and who is certain they know the truth others have been struggling to find for centuries? Filmmaker Roger Nygard, after examining the lives of Star Trek fans and used car salesmen, profiles a number of thinkers both great and ordinary in this documentary. For The Nature of Existence, Nygard prepared a questionnaire with 85 weighty philosophical questions, ranging from "Why do we exist?" and "Do we have free will?" to "Who created God?" and "Is there a moral yardstick that applies to all cultures?" Nygard then set out to interview as many people who might have something to say about his list of imponderables as possible, ranging from biologist and author Richard Dawkins, physicist and String Theory creator Leonard Susskind, and Indian spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar to a born-again Christian wrestler, the director of The Empire Strikes Back, a pair of self-proclaimed druids, and a pizza cook. The result is a witty, thought-provoking, and often surprising study in the greatest mysteries of life. The Nature of Existence was an official selection at the 2009 Cinequest Film Festival.

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Freewheeling and funny.

July 23, 2010 | Rating: 4/5

Certainly there are filmgoers who enjoy this kind of noncommittal metaphysical quest. I am not one of them. It makes me think that the filmmaker is more interested in showing us his vacation slides instead of sharing any real insights.

July 16, 2010 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

Inquiring into the reasons human beings exist, filmmaker Roger Nygard uncovers this stunner: Various people have different opinions.

July 6, 2010 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

While it will strike some as smug and others as sincere, pic certainly has a feel-good tone and playful attitude.

July 6, 2010

As a conversation starter ... it's an affable appetizer.

July 2, 2010 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

His film is no more profound than its forerunners, but it's quicker, funnier and less pretentious.

June 18, 2010 | Rating: 3/5

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