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The Future -- When a couple decides to adopt a stray cat, their perspective on life changes radically, altering the course of time and space and testing their faith in each other and themselves.
The Future -- When a couple decides to adopt a stray cat their perspective on life changes radically, literally altering the course of time and space and testing their faith in each other and themselves.
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The Future -- Clip: Passing Of Time


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  (in credits order)

Hamish Linklater ... Jason

Miranda July ... Sophie / Voice of Paw-Paw

David Warshofsky ... Marshall

Isabella Acres ... Gabriella
Joe Putterlik ... Joe / Voice of The Moon

Angela Trimbur ... Dance Studio Receptionist

Mary Passeri ... Animal Shelter Receptionist
Ella ... Real Cat

Kathleen Gati ... Dr. Straus

Clement von Franckenstein ... Alain First Solicitation

Tonita Castro ... Second Solicitation

D.A. Sandoval ... Neighbor Woman (as Diana Sandoval)

Mark Atteberry ... Tree by Tree Canvasser
Frank Langley ... T-Shirt Puppeteer
Erinn K. Williams ... Tammy

Oona Mekas ... Sasha
Ryker Baloun ... Barry at 3
Olivia Thiering ... Carrie at 3
Taylor Cosgrove Scofield ... Barry at 10

Sara Rodier ... Carrie at 10
Matthew Dunn ... Barry at 15
Brittney Hewitt ... Carrie at 15

Bru Muller ... Barry at 35

Aubree Knight ... Carrie at 35 (as Aubree Knecht)
Samantha Milazzo ... Jayleen

Andy Forrest ... Last Solicitation

Directed by
Miranda July 
Writing credits
Miranda July (written by)

Produced by
Aaron Beckum .... associate producer
Gina Kwon .... producer
Verona Meier .... assistant producer
Gerhard Meixner .... producer
Lissi Muschol .... assistant producer
Roman Paul .... producer
Mary Prendergast .... associate producer
Rod Smith .... associate producer
Sue Bruce Smith .... executive producer (as Sue Bruce-Smith)
Chris Stinson .... co-producer
Original Music by
Jon Brion 
Cinematography by
Nikolai von Graevenitz (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Andrew Bird 
Casting by
Nicole Abellera 
Jeanne McCarthy 
Production Design by
Elliott Hostetter 
Art Direction by
Ruth De Jong 
Set Decoration by
Max Juren 
Costume Design by
Christie Wittenborn 
Makeup Department
Akiko Matsumoto .... makeup artist
Sabine Schumann .... key makeup artist
Production Management
Brian Buckland .... unit production manager
Rebekka Garrido .... post-production supervisor
Brad Goodman .... post-production supervisor (as Bradley M. Goodman)
Michael Reuter .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Shawn Bisi .... second assistant director
Ted Campbell .... first assistant director
Karla Carnewal .... second second assistant director
Matt Henderson .... first assistant director: additional photography (as Matthew Henderson)
Jason Rodgers .... second assistant director: additional photography
Art Department
William Bryan .... paw maker
Brett Chapman .... property master
Claire Hendon .... art intern
Randy Jameson .... lead carpenter
Sandra Jameson .... set painter
Sara Beckum Jamieson .... art department production assistant
Manette Kaisershot .... art department production assistant
Drew Livermore .... video programmer
Austin Lovell .... carpenter
Terence McFadden .... storyboard artist
Sally Park .... assistant props
Kristin Rowland .... art shopper
Ethan Taranto-Kent .... set dresser
Sean Tejaratchi .... graphic designer
Mari Yui .... art swing
Nick Mongoni Jr. .... art department production assistant (uncredited)
Sound Department
Adrian Baumeister .... dialogue editor
Amber Conroy .... boom operator
Dominic Fitzgerald .... sound effects editor
Lars Ginzel .... sound re-recording mixer
Dennis Grzesik .... sound mixer: additional photography
Johannes Hampel .... foley recordist
Rainer Heesch .... sound designer
Christian Lerch .... dolby consultant
Peter Roigk .... foley artist
Tula Snoeck .... boom operator: additional photography
Kent Sparling .... recordist: Paw Paw voice
Michael Tyabji .... recordist: voice-over
Rosa Costanza Tyabji .... recordist: voice-over (as Rosa Tyabji)
David F. Van Slyke .... adr supervisor
Patrick Veigel .... sound mixer
Roman Volkholz .... foley editor
Rainer Heesch .... supervising sound editor (uncredited)
Eric Horstmann .... re-recording stage engineer (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Britt Dunse .... title artist
Rudolf Germann .... visual effects
Grant Keiner .... visual effects supervisor
Eliza Pelham Randall .... visual effects supervisor
Andreas Schellenberg .... visual effects artist
Camera and Electrical Department
Matt Bizer .... set lighting technician
Jean-Pierre Caner .... second assistant camera: additional photography
Tobias Datum .... director of photography: additional photography
Jose Elias Felix .... assistant chief lighting technician (as Jose Felix)
Dan Kanes .... digital imaging technician
Rex Kenney .... key grip
Seth Kotok .... additional first assistant camera
Nick Lancaster .... grip
Erwin Landau .... steadicam operator
Steve Mansour .... swing
Mark Manthey .... chief lighting technician
Martin Moody .... second assistant camera
Kevin Mucha .... assistant chief lighting technician: additional photography
Ian K. Myron .... additional set lighting technician
Gabriel Patay .... additional set lighting technician
Jeff Porter .... camera operator: "b" camera
Jeff Porter .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Janis Rutmanis .... chief lighting technician: additional photography
Timothy Robert Ryan .... set lighting technician
Josh Stamps .... best boy grip: additional photography
Sérgio .... additional grip (as Sergio Silva)
Matt Thomas .... best boy grip
Dan Turek .... additional first assistant camera (as Daniel Turek)
Jesse Vallejo .... additional grip
Nate Wayman .... key grip: additional photography
Jared Wellman .... additional set lighting technician
David Pierson .... camera operator (uncredited)
Terry Zumalt .... lighting technician (uncredited)
Casting Department
Joanne Bloom .... casting associate
Brandi S. Hawkins .... extras casting director (as Brandi Hawkins)
Ruth Lambert .... voice casting
Robert McGee .... voice casting
Jessica Munks .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Mairi Chisholm .... assistant costume designer
Anni Speckheuer .... set costumer
Editorial Department
Sandra Aichinger .... in-house producer: ARRI
Jens Beyer .... digital colorist
Madeleine Gavin .... additional editor
Javier Marcheselli .... assistant editor
Gregor Pfüller .... digital intermediate supervisor (as Gregor Pfueller)
Mary Prendergast .... post-production coordinator
Lissette Rodriguez .... additional assistant editor
Beate Trathnigg .... in-house producer: ARRI
Gregor Wille .... digital intermediate supervisor
Robert Grigsby Wilson .... assistant editor (as Robert G. Wilson)
Kristin Yawata .... post-production intern
Music Department
Peter Afterman .... music consultant
Eric Cadieux .... music editor
Tim Koh .... music consultant
Greg Koller .... score engineer
Alison Litton .... associate music supervisor
Bret Rausch .... music assistant
Margaret Yen .... music supervisor
Transportation Department
Jay Norof .... transportation captain
Hugo Ocana .... driver
Tony Ruiz .... transportation coordinator
Donald Tillman .... driver
Matt Voytish .... transportation co-captain (as Matt ;B.B.' Voytish)
Evan Fitzsimmons .... additional driver (uncredited)
Other crew
Sean Afsahi .... key set production assistant
Elizabeth Ai .... intern: Project Involve
Heather Askew .... script supervisor
Frauke Aulbert .... voice artist
Antje Bankmann .... cash flow financier
Case Barden .... set intern
Jameson Barker .... office intern
Aaron Beckum .... assistant: Miranda July
Aaron Beckum .... behind the scenes
Eli Born .... behind the scenes
Frank Brauner .... production legal (as Dr. Frank Brauner)
Gloria Breazeal .... craft service
Tara Burrows .... stand-in: Sophie
Marty Carlin .... studio teacher
Bill Cleavelin .... stand-in: Joe (as William Cleavelin)
Matt Cross .... location scout (as Matthew Cross)
Spencer Crossland .... production assistant
Michelle Delgado .... assistant production coordinator
Court Dickert .... set intern
Harry Dixon .... head of business affairs: Film 4
Karin Ebert .... cash flow financier
Whitney Ellis .... office intern
Tecia Esposito .... script supervisor: additional photography
Martha Fearnley .... intern: Miranda July: additional photography
Monica Ford .... stand-in: Sophie
Edith Forster .... production legal
Lowell Frank .... production assistant
Alex Gibson .... location scout
Roger Goff .... production legal
Monika Helmer .... accountant: Germany
Justin Hogan .... production assistant: additional photography
Lisa Hoover .... location manager
Benay Karp .... head animal trainer
T. Scott Keiner .... location manager (as Scott Keiner)
Ali Kendall .... office intern
Angie Kern .... set medic (as Angela Kern)
Nina Kharytonova .... assistant to producer
Olaf Kühle .... cash flow financier
David Lewis .... production assistant
Matt Maguire .... set intern
Gerry Maravilla .... office intern
Cord McConnell .... key set production assistant
C.B. Mullen .... production assistant
Louise Nemschoff .... legal consultant
Ari Nova .... set intern
Shane Patterson .... set intern
Susan Porche .... location scout
Lisa Provost .... photo double: Sophie
Steven Reker .... choreographer
Marie-Hélène Riverain .... location scout (as Marie Gelen Riverain)
Tom Roach .... animal trainer
Genaro Rodriguez .... chef
Felipe Rodriquez .... assistant chef
Harmony Ross .... office production assistant
Kerri Rothell .... animal trainer
Stephen L. Saltzman .... legal consultant (as Steve Saltzman)
Hannah Saunder .... production assistant: Film 4
Hannah Saunders .... production assistant: Film 4
Joan Scheckel .... workshopped with
Betty Schmidt .... office intern
Nadine Schnappinger .... office intern
Josh Schneider .... intern
Samantha Schwartz .... key office production assistant
John Semikian .... production assistant
Craig Shannon .... production assistant
Michael Sheldon .... set intern
Trish Sie .... additional choreographer
Rob Spence .... production accountant
Wednesday Standley .... production coordinator
Bryan Stanis .... key set production assistant: additional photography
Ken Thompson .... production assistant
Simon Vu .... office intern
Jeff Welch .... office intern
Daniel Wolf .... office production assistant: additional photography
Peter Wulff .... location manager
Kathryn Burns .... dance receptionist choreographer (uncredited)
Alexandra Gibson .... location manager (uncredited)
Merrideth Lesyshyn .... dance studio wrangler (uncredited)
Olivia Martynchenko .... production assistant (uncredited)
Josh Schneider .... production assistant intern (uncredited)
Miguel Arteta .... special thanks
Sofie Gavin-Melamed .... special thanks
Spike Jonze .... special thanks
Andrea Longacre-White .... thanks
Joe Putterlik .... dedicatee

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Rated R for some sexual content
Germany:91 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Germany:6 (f) | Ireland:15A | Portugal:M/12 | South Korea:18 | Sweden:7 (DVD rating) | Switzerland:10 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:10 (canton of Vaud) | UK:12A | USA:R

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Sophie:As Paw Paw: How long was thirty days? It was turning out to be a little bit longer than say, for example, the day after tomorrow. Outside there was no time, no hours. Just alive, or not alive, or... bird. Now there was this new thing. Waiting, waiting for them to come get me. Waiting for my real life to begin. I learned to count the seconds. Now, now, now...See more »
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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Prisoner Of Freedom, 8 May 2012
Author: andre_cs from Spain

Directed, scripted and starring by Miranda July, The Future is a film that has been selected for the Berlin Film Festival in 2011 and the 2011 Sundance Film Festival.

The story revolves around a couple that proposes a change in your life. They hate their jobs and the idea of adopting a cat makes it arise a new way of life. However what is proposed as a change eventually becomes routine. The fear of failure and responsibility makes the personality of both becomes complicated and often result surreal. The time is always the reason for the changes. The fear of an uncertain future and nonconformity with the present makes it parodies on numerous occasions the fact of stop the time. Specifically, the period in which Sophie and Jason are prepared to adopt a cat is the time when the personality of both becomes strange. There are surreal elements and nonsense conversations that show complex emotional states. The failure in work and routine makes Sophie feel prisoner to her feelings. The figure of Sophie has no splendor. It is a figure off and apparently weak. Her look is sad and never denotes happiness. In the same way the character of Jason is strange. He is the partner of Sophie and lives with her in a small flat and messy. His way of understanding things is similar to Sophie. Both fear the passage of time and want to be free. Marshall's character represents the freedom for Sophie. The way in which both are known is strange and simultaneously comic. Sophie looks out the window screaming and tries to listen to Marshall. The scene reflects a comparison: Sophie appears as imprisoned in her own home and as the only escape she has the window that looks out for help. The fact that the cat, paw paw, has a voice allowed to know their feelings and desires. The image is of an animal that is locked behind bars waiting for a change in his life, hoping in this case to be adopted. The comparison is similar to Sophie. Both are locked and desire freedom. The passing of time is also reflected in this character and appear feelings like frustration or even desperation to be adopted.

It's a surreal and complex film. The argument at first is easy but when the acts are performed we can see each character's feelings. We can see a lot of nonsense and abstract scenes. Adopting a pet is just an excuse for the change. I would like to highlight the rhetorical conversations about the passing of time, old age or the future. Personally I find this film hard to understand. There are many situations that make no sense as the act of talking to the moon, giving life to a shirt or the fact stop time. I think film is not made to be enjoyed, but it raises very philosophical thoughts on life. The emotional charge of the characters leads to surreal situations and even extravagant. These situations, in my opinion, have more weight than the argument itself.

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