An operative for an elite private intelligence firm finds her priorities changing dramatically after she is tasked with infiltrating an anarchist group known for executing covert attacks upon major corporations.
Shot in three countries over a two year period, Boxers and Ballerinas explores the US-Cuba conflict through the eyes of four youths--a boxer and a ballerina in Havana and Santiago de Cuba and a boxer and a ballerina exiled in Miami.
When Charlie Hall encounters an eccentric older woman named Avis Dauphin her life is turned upside down. Avis is convinced that Charlie is an alien life form sent to Earth to record a ... See full summary »
Left without men in the dying days of the American Civil War, three Southern women - two sisters and one African-American slave - must fight to defend their home and themselves from two rogue soldiers who have broken off from the fast-approaching Union Army.
Seventeen year-old Rhoda Williams receives an acceptance letter from MIT and she celebrates with her friends. On the same night, a planet similar and close to Earth is discovered and called Earth 2. Rhoda drives her car looking at Earth 2 and crashes with composer John Burroughs, killing his pregnant wife and his baby son. Rhoda goes to prison and four years later she is released and moves to her parents' house. She finds a job as high-school janitor, but tries to commit suicide. She survives, however, and submits an essay to a contest where the prize is a ticket to travel to Earth 2. Meanwhile the scientists discover that Earth 2 is a mirror of Earth and the synchronicity between the dwellers was interrupted when the planets were seen by each other. One day, Rhoda decides to visit John Burroughs, whose life was destroyed after the death of his family, to admit to him that she had killed his family. However she does not have the nerve to tell him the truth. So she lies and tells him ... Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
About 3 minutes into the movie right after Rhoda gets distracted from driving while looking at the sky, trying to find Earth II and the camera then cuts to John Burroughs' and his family in their BMW right before the accident happens, it is seen that they are on Beach St. Except the E isn't reflecting light as intense as the other letters are, so it reads 'Bach'. Johann Sebastian Bach is a famous German Baroque composer that lived in the 18th Century (1685-1750). John Burroughs is also a composer in the movie. See more »
When Rhoda runs out of the house after the television broadcast, the cameraman's shadow is visible on her for a few seconds. See more »
I saw this image when I was a kid. The photograph of Jupiter taken by NASAs Voyager. Beautiful. But nothing special until shown in rapid succession. Suddenly Jupiter was alive. Breathing. I was hypnotized.
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Not flashy or overly impressive but still undeniably entertaining
There are two irreplaceable stars to this fairly low budget movie, one the beautiful vision of the second earth itself, and two, Brit Marling, the beautiful protagonist who is in almost every frame. This is not a sci-fi movie in any real sense. The second earth is just a convenient device to explore the real subject of this film, the anguished journey of a young woman who has committed a horrific crime lacking any real intent.
It's easy enough to get the details of that crime before seeing the movie but suffice it to say that there was a similar incident with a young woman in my town in the near past so it had an extra level of relevance for us.
In the local case the girl got away scot-free. This movie's protagonist not only doesn't get away unscathed, she struggles in an utterly humane way to overcome her guilt. For that Brit Marling is an exquisite choice of actress who held my attention and sympathy throughout. All the more impressive because she shared writing credits with the director, Cahill.
This is an artful if bare bones film that you will forgive for having to resort to fantasy to make its points. It definitely makes me wonder what this Mike Cahill might come up with next.
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