28 July 2011 7:04 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

The Future, Miranda July‘s follow-up to 2005′s critically acclaimed, Me and You and Everyone We Know is aptly named. Much like the future, it turns out dim, cold, and not nearly as fulfilling as you’d like it to be.

Sophie (July, who also serves as writer/director) and Jason (Hamish Linklater) are in the midst of a relationship which has moved from fresh and exciting to comfortable and expected. This is reflected in their professions as well, as neither does anything truly fulfilling. They don’t even seem enjoyable.

Sophie is less a dance instructor and more a glorified babysitter, watching young, aspiring ballet dancers train by jumping up and down as if they were on a pogo stick as Sophie looks on. Her mood is not buoyed by the receptionist (Angela Trimbur) who bounces herself into a small-time YouTube dance sensation. Jason works from home, tethered to a headset, »

- Mike Anton

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