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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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Writer (WGA):
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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
Rosa Costanza .... recordist: voice-over (as Rosa Tyabji)
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
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
Location Management
Matt Cross .... location scout (as Matthew Cross)
Alex Gibson .... location scout
Lisa Hoover .... location manager
T. Scott Keiner .... location manager (as Scott Keiner)
Susan Porche .... location scout
Marie-Hélène Riverain .... location scout (as Marie Gelen Riverain)
Peter Wulff .... location manager
Alexandra Gibson .... location manager (uncredited)
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)
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
Roger Goff .... production legal
Monika Helmer .... accountant: Germany
Justin Hogan .... production assistant: additional photography
Benay Karp .... head animal trainer
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
Lisa Provost .... photo double: Sophie
Steven Reker .... choreographer
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
Kathryn Burns .... dance receptionist choreographer (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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21 out of 25 people found the following review useful.
Fear of Commitment, 16 March 2012
Author: evanston_dad from United States

An odd-duck couple who have had plenty of years to be married (read: get bored) and far too much time on their hands decide to adopt a cat. They can't pick it up for a month because it's undergoing some medical treatments, and they're warned that if they fail to arrive on the designated date the cat will be euthanized. The prospect of that last month of freedom before they make a commitment to something other than themselves opens up a fissure in their lives and threatens to destroy a complacency they had begun to take for granted.

The fact that adopting a cat counts in their lives as a commitment great enough to alter their lives forever should tell you a little something about the personalities of these main characters, and if we end up being fed up with both of them, and her especially, I think we're meant to. It's nearly impossible to sympathize with people whose lives are basically so cushy that taking on a pet takes on the momentous proportions of a major life event -- but then I think of my own life, and how good I basically have it, and how good even the most average American basically has it, and how most of my problems would seem pretty petty to a lot of other people out there in the world, and realize that maybe what annoys me about these characters are the qualities I see in them that most annoy me about myself.

"The Future" I think is a cautionary tale about what happens to people when they spend all of their lives worrying about what their lives could be instead of accepting what their lives actually are. At some point, everyone gets to an age where he or she has to simply commit to SOMETHING, whether it be another person, a child, a cause, a pet, a life path, a career. Whatever it is, they have to make a conscious choice to make the best of what they have and stop worrying about what could have been. Easier said than done, probably, or many many people would be much happier.

I liked "The Future" well enough while I was watching it, but I can't say it really stuck with me. Miranda July has an off-beat writing and directorial (not to mention acting) style that will probably turn off some. I'm o.k. with it, and I must say that for once it was refreshing to see a movie in which it's the female rather than the male who does a worse job of dealing with a mid-life crisis. Thank you Ms. July for equaling the playing field a bit.

Grade: B

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