4 items from 2011
I like the concept: A mirror to our homeworld appears in the skies... and it appears that we all have doppelgangers on this other Earth. Neat-o, if entirely outlandish. What’s even more intriguing is that this isn’t a “let’s send a rocket to the other Earth and explore” sort of action film (though the planning for that is happening in the background) but a “let’s use this as an opportunity to reconsider our lives and what our other selves might have done differently” sort of deeply personal indie film. The problem is, screenwriters Brit Marling and Mike Cahill -- she also stars; he also directs -- don’t know where to take it beyond that initial premise. Rhoda Williams (Marling) was a teenager on course for MIT and greatness before she caused the terrible traffic accident that killed a woman and her small son and put her husband and his father, »
- MaryAnn Johanson
There's a good idea at the heart of this low-key sci-fi yarn about our 'mirror' planet, but unfortunately it doesn't really go anywhere
A strange, gloomy, moderately acted damp squib of a movie. It's a low-key high-concept indie sci-fi – a little like Lars von Trier's Melancholia but without the master's twinkly eyed chutzpah. First-time feature director Mike Cahill has undoubtedly got hold of a reasonable idea to start off with. Right out of the blue, one day, a new planet appears really close to Earth. It looks exactly like Earth: same-shaped continents and oceans, and when our scientists make contact, it becomes worryingly apparent there is an exact double of everyone down here, up there, on the planet they're calling "Earth 2". (But as someone points out, that's not what they call themselves; they call us "Earth 2".) Co-screenwriter Brit Marling takes the lead acting role as Rhoda, who »
- Peter Bradshaw
"Though Éric Rohmer's breakthrough film stateside was the lustrous black-and-white, winter-set My Night at Maud's (1969), the New Wave architect may be cinema's greatest chronicler of the summer vacation," suggests Melissa Anderson in the Voice. "Among the director's many holiday-set movies, Pauline at the Beach (1983) and A Summer's Tale (1996) explore both the languid pleasures and the romantic anguish of time off during the hottest season. Rohmer's 1986 masterpiece (being re-released with its original French title, which translates as 'The Green Ray'), Le Rayon Vert centers on those themes, too, but delivers something much richer: an absorbing, empathic portrait of a complex woman caught between her own obstinacy and melancholy."
"As Delphine, the lonely but defiant Paris secretary at the center of Le Rayon Vert, Marie Rivière creates an emotionally rich portrait of a young woman disappointed in love who transfers her energies into an anxious quest for the ideal summer vacation. »
The first trailer for co-writer and director Mike Cahill's (not to be confused with the Mike Cahill that directed King of California) new movie, Another Earth, is now online. Described by Cahill as "part sci-fi, part complex love romance, and 100% poetry meets science," the movie debuted to acclaim at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival in the U.S. Dramatic Competition division, with a reviewer for THR declaring it "science fiction at its best."
Link | Posted 4/22/2011 by BrentJS
- BrentJS Sprecher
4 items from 2011
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