A look at the life of Alfred Kinsey (Liam Neeson), a pioneer in the area of human sexuality research, whose 1948 publication Sexual Behavior in the Human Male was one of the first recorded works that saw science address sexual behaviour.
 

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Neeson and Linney are both remarkable and convincing as the controversial couple.

Kinsey is the story of a scientist who made it his life?s work to drag sex out of the closet and onto the world stage in what could only be called puritanical times, he firstly published Sexual Behaviour In The Human Male in 1948, then Sexual Behaviour In The Human Female in 1953. His books were based on thousands upon thousands of interviews with Americans, a third of which were conducted by Kinsey himself and the rest by the devoted young team of pioneers whom Kinsey personally trained. He was a fascinating and contradictory figure: progressive yet conservative, a staunch believer in personal liberty yet he paid strict adherence to scientific dogma. Kinsey was firstly celebrated then venerated, suffering a spectacular fall from grace as the public eventually rejected his altruistic motivations, branding him a pervert?.

What a life. What a story. What a great subject for a movie. Liam Neeson\'s gentle, distracted academic, portrayal of this driven man is nuanced and compelling, as is director Bill Condon\'s screenplay. Neeson is more than matched by Laura Linney (You Can Count On Me) as Clara, literally Kinsey\'s, other half, as the film reveals, and a woman as intellectual and forward-thinking as her husband. The great Peter Sarsgard (Boys Don?t Cry, Shattered Glass) is also commanding as Clyde Martin, the third party in what becomes a love triangle between the Kinsey\'s and their star recruit.

Observing wasn\'t enough for Kinsey and his cohorts, to be true scientists, they needed to practise the theories they were proffering, and practise they did way before the free love nude ups that coloured the 60s and 70s. Condon posits that this liberal view on fidelity became a natural, progression for the Kinseys, given the logic of their scientific thesis.

It is refreshing to see an American film about sex - that has been made for an adult audience - that doesn\'t pull its punches. It is gentle and at times whimsical, but it is also intelligent and uncensored. It gracefully includes Kinsey\'s public controversies and private dilemmas, making him a very human figure indeed.