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Cast

  (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
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Directed by
Miranda July 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
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
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 Tyabji .... recordist: voice-over
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
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
Miles Hubley .... finishing editor: trailer
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)
 
Thanks
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
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Germany:91 min
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Certification:
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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7 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Loved it. Hated it. Then loved it again., 22 January 2013
Author: rooprect from New York City

"The Future" is an excellent, surreal, cold comedy in the tradition of the great Spike Jonze & Charlie Kaufman films "Adaptation", "Being John Malkovich" and the brain-blasting "Synecdoche NY".

"Cold comedy" is a term I just made up to describe the way they make me feel. They make me laugh, but I also feel an uneasy chill up my spine. Maybe it's because the underlying story is somewhat cynical, with a chilly, brooding philosophy of life. But these films manage to poke fun of this hopeless condition in a way that tickles your funny bone.

I preface this review with a warning. As often, whoever wrote the DVD packaging is an idiot. This is definitely NOT a "whimsical romantic comedy" or whatever they advertise. So if you're expecting something cute & fun like "When Harry Met Sally", you might want to move on. Instead, what we get is a very, VERY oddball farce centered around a young clueless couple. If you liked "(500) Days of Summer" which, itself, is prefaced with the narration "This is not a love story", then keep reading because you'll probably like this movie too.

If you're an animal lover, particularly someone who has rescued a dog or cat from the local pound, you'll be drawn in instantly. The story begins through the eyes of a stray cat "Paw Paw" in a shelter, nervously waiting to be adopted by the couple before time runs out. The voice of the cat becomes the voice of wisdom throughout the film. I've never seen a film that takes such a thoughtful & innocent approach as through the eyes of a raggedy, injured cat waiting at the pound.

The first half of the movie is so bizarrely funny, with such unique characters living in their private bizarre bubble, it feels something like "Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure". But now imagine "Bill & Ted" if it were directed by French New Wave filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard. Starting to get the picture...? In the director's commentary on the DVD, writer/director/star Miranda July calls this a very "still" movie. There are long breaks between characters speaking. There is a lot of silence, allowing us to soak in the depth of the moment. She jokes about one scene where the leading man dramatically rips off his headphones, and she calls it the big action scene, the equivalent of a car crash in this movie. Haha.

The slow, deadpan delivery makes the humor even more pervasive. I laughed out loud several times in the first half. But midway through the movie, the mood shifts suddenly and drastically. The remaining half is no longer a comedy but more like a soul-searching philosophical adventure. At first I hated the unexpected change (as the title of this review implies) because I was really enjoying the oddball comedy.

But, as the recurring theme of the movie implies, "the beginning" is only temporary. Life changes drastically. Love changes drastically. The plot, theme and mood of the film illustrate this perfectly. I can't say much more without ruining the story, so just be ready for anything. Ride this crazy roller-coaster to the end.

The acting and particularly the casting is flawless. The chemistry between the two leads, Sophie (Miranda July) and Jason (Hamish Linklater) is so perfect you'd think they're soulmates in real life. Another excellent piece of casting is Joe Putterlik who plays the old man. He is NOT an actor! Miranda found him while answering an ad in the Pennysaver classifieds, and she was so taken by his authenticity that she cast him in the role.

Another thing I really enjoyed was the great use of symbolism. You have to pay close attention, or even see the movie twice like I did, to catch most of it. Especially in the 2nd half when things become very poetic and sublime, you have to be on your toes.

If you like surreal comedy, like the films I mentioned earlier, films by Spike Jonze, Charlie Kaufman, Michel Gondry ("Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind", "The Science of Sleep"), the early Johnny Depp flick "Arizona Dream", the Paul Giamatti comedy "Cold Souls", or maybe even the grandfather of modern surreal comedy "Catch 22", don't hesitate to see this movie. See them all. Whenever I stumble on a film like this, I'm reminded that cinema is a true art form.

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