I Origins

Synopsis: I Origins begins when graduate student, Ian Gray, is researching the evolution of human eyes with Karen and Kenny, in order to prove that eyes have evolved instead of "appeared" as creationists claim. His fascination with eyes takes him into areas that have profound personal and cultural consequences.
Genre: Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi
Director(s): Mike Cahill
Production: Fox Searchlight
  2 wins & 3 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
106 min

Every living person on this planet

has their own unique pair of eyes.

Each their own universe.

My name is Dr. Ian Gray.

I'm a father, a husband...

...and I'm a scientist.

When I was a child,

I realized that...

...the camera was designed

exactly like the human eye...

...taking in light through a lens,

forming it into images.

I began taking as many pictures

of eyes as I possibly could.

I'd like to tell you the story of

the eyes that changed my world.

Remember these eyes.

Remember all the details

in these eyes.


It started when I was a 26-year-old

Ph.D. student living in New York.

It was Halloween,

eight years ago.

You okay?

I'm watching the moon.

Can I take a picture

of your eyes?


It's just something I do.


Yeah? I've perfected this.



Do you know the story

of the Phasianidae?

The... No,

what's that?

It's a bird...

...that experiences all

of time in one instant.

And she sings the song

of love and anger...

...and fear and joy

and sadness all at once.

All combined into

one magnificent sound.

Where are you from?

Another planet.

What's the bird sound like?

It sounds like this.

Lean closer.

It's more like noise.


And this bird...

...when she meets

the love of her life...

...is both happy and sad.

Happy because she sees that

for him is the beginning...

...and sad because she

knows it is already over.

Hey, hey,

do you wanna get a drink?

I don't drink.

Like, anything?

You're not gonna regret

this in the morning, right?

Hold your memory for a moment

With a blind hand

Write some stories

For tomorrow

Your identity confirmed.

I finished that transcription

factor program.

Last night?

No, this morning.

Because, b*tch, I don't play.

Got the input genes and then you

put your transcription factor...

Wait a minute.

You stink of vodka.

I mean, like, bad.

Like it smells bad.

Yeah, I know.

I know I reek of vodka.

Stop talking so loud.

Okay, I consolidated all of

your data into one database.

You are welcome.

You're amazing.

I hate you.

Oh, I love you,

that's why I do it.

Oh, hey, you got

a new rotating student.

First year.

- Oh, shi...

- Yeah.

Yeah, yeah.

Have fun babysitting, buddy.

You need gum.

You need...

to have fun babysitting.


Hi, Ian.

Can I...

Follow me.

You're attempting to

make colorblind mice see color?

That's the idea.

But after failed experiment 352,

we'll see.


Why what?

Do so many experiments fail?

Why are you interested in making

colorblind mice see color?


Why not?

How are you testing

that they see color?

As the new rotating

lab assistant...

...your job will be

to do very boring,

very repetitive experiments...

be a glorified


...and not ask me "why"

every five minutes.

Okay? Cool.

Commencing experiment 353...

...response to photo pigment

protein in Mus musculus.

The control subjects B Beta...

...G Gamma,

E Euphoria...



I don't know what that means.

Look it up.

G as in Goodness gracious.

H as in Help me, please.

Z as in Zoolander.

Are the mice muted with

the photo pigment protein?

When we animate the lines...

...colorblind mice

stare straight.


...fingers crossed...

...the muted mice sh...

Track the lines with their eyes.

Holy sh*t.

Holy f***ing sh*t.

Is this on the background

of PAX6 overexpression?

You're a first year?

I know, it's surprising I

can put together a sentence.

Sorry, I asked my last three lab

assistants not to come in...

...and I'd sign

their credits.

Anyway, this is just one step in a very,

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Mike Cahill

Mike Cahill (born July 5, 1979) is an American film director and screenwriter. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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