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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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  (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 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
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:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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: Dear persons, I am writing this to you, a letter with no pencil, so I hope that you are able to read it. By day, I know I am yours, but when night comes, I am alone and always have been and always will be wild, so it is only the sun that returns the wonderful feeling of being pet again. Please come soon. Nights are getting longer. Yours, Paw Paw.See more »
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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
The Future & the broken-hearted lovers., 21 May 2012
Author: silvi1990-363-392439 from Spain

Controversial The Future is a 2011 film that tells the story of an eccentric couple in their mid 30s who lives in a Los Angeles tiny and bohemian flat. Narrated by Paw-Paw, the injured stray kitten that they have adopted, the film tells how Sophie (Miranda July) and Jason (Hamish Linklater)'s lives change dramatically during the month that they have to wait for taking the cat home. Its initial naiveté ends up being blurred by the shadows provoked by the protagonists' decision to break with their daily routine to fight for their own dreams as if they have been told they have only four weeks to live. Soon the adventure is over and in their blind and desperate search of their paths their steps grow more and more away.

Heartbreaking, absurd, surrealistic, twee and bizarre at the same time, The Future is a piece of independent cinema that cannot be overlooked just because of the presence of disturbing elements such as the talking cat (whose high-pitched, childish voice rumbling in the dark is a powerful beginning by the way). Miranda July, director, writer and star of the film, is not just "being weird for the sake of being weird", but uses fantastic and bizarre images and situations to talk about our biggest taboos: the frailty of love, the futility of dreams, the anxiety about the passage of time and…the fear of death.

With their scruffy curls and their apathetic attitude towards life, Sophie and Jason seem to be the perfect couple. By seeing them lied down on the couch with their feet entangled, the spectator realizes that they felt really comfortable being together. The image of Jason peacefully sleeping over Sophie's chest (sweet for some, twee for others) is also a very faithful representation of true love, as well as Jason's attempt to stop time forever reflects very well how heartbreak feels. Miranda July said in an interview that she intended to describe: "the bittersweet vertigo of true love". Despite the audience does not doubt in the sincerity and profundity of the feelings of the couple, it is forced to see how circumstances and human weakness makes their love begin falling apart.

Firstly, to understand why they (as us ourselves) start panicking when the words "a 5 years commitment" are brought up, it is necessary to come back to the kitten wounded in her paw. Like Paw-Paw, who patiently waits for the couple to start his real life (she's even counting the days), we are always waiting for something good to happen, for the real beginning of our lives. And when we reach the thirties, we start to question ourselves if that beginning is not already gone, get depressed for having wasted the first half of our life and look at the future even more anxiously than before.

This is more or less what happens to Sophie and Jason, whom the idea of looking after a kitten -requiring a total care- for the next five years of their lives, make them think of their (scary) future: "We're 35 now ... by the time the cat dies, we'll be 40 ... and 40 might as well be 50 ... and after that, spare change." "Spare change?" "Less than a dollar-- not enough to get anything you want …" Jason's words reflect our anxiety about the passage of time as we cannot help feeling frustrated when the years pass by without us having reached the milestones we set for ourselves. Nonetheless in the film July, who said of life "I rush through it, like I'm being chased", warns us about the dangers that this feeling of "being always late" (late to live?) provokes. The Future not only make us consider how useless is to be always projecting into when it's going to be "better", but also make us question the importance of our lifetime dreams. It kind of helps us to get rid of the endless frustration caused by the contrast between our high expectations and our day-to-day reality. Like Sophie and Jason, everyone suffers from the Cervantine conflict, that is to say, the conflict between the world as we have imagined it and the world as it is. The story of Sophie and Jason somehow questions the futility of dreams, often unattainable and absurd (remembering Jason's: "I always thought I'd be a world leader").

How is it possible we cannot live happily just because we have not achieved some pretentious (generally childish) life goals? The Future, although has not the answer to the question, teaches us to open our eyes to our own limitations and stop feeling as if we deserved something better in life so as to start really enjoying ours. Life is not about waiting things to happen, but making things happen, as July said in No One Belongs Here More Than You: "Don't wait to be sure. Move, move, move"

July says that she intended to describe "the bittersweet vertigo of true love". Here an intense fear (vertigo) is intimately linked to an intense love, as imagining spending a whole life with someone is scary because from the beginning everyone already knows how the story ends, one dying in the arms of the other. Hence marriage makes you inevitably realize your own mortality and finiteness.

Some optimism is hidden, nevertheless, behind the pessimistic tone of the film. No matter what happens we always have to remember the enigmatic words of Joe Putterlik played by Joe Putterlik himself, an eccentric old man who Miranda met in a street market. This old man who participated in the film shortly before dying, tell us with his example that until you are dead, never is too late to live. So remember: "This is just the beginning".

"Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass, it is about learning to dance in the rain"


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