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Another Earth -- On the night of the discovery of a duplicate planet in the solar system, an ambitious young student and an accomplished composer cross paths in a tragic accident.
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Release Date:
12 October 2011 (France) See more »
On the night of the discovery of a duplicate Earth in the Solar system, an ambitious young student and an accomplished composer cross paths in a tragic accident. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

William Mapother ... John Burroughs

Brit Marling ... Rhoda Williams

Matthew-Lee Erlbach ... Alex
DJ Flava ... DJ Flava (voice)
Meggan Lennon ... Maya Burroughs
AJ Diana ... Amos Burroughs
Bruce Colbert ... Symposium Speaker

Paul Mezey ... Symposium Speaker

Ana Valle ... Symposium Speaker

Jeffrey Goldenberg ... Symposium Speaker
Joseph A. Bove ... Symposium Speaker (as Joseph Bove)

Jordan Baker ... Kim Williams
Flint Beverage ... Robert Williams

Robin Lord Taylor ... Jeff Williams

Rupert Reid ... Keith Harding

Natalie Carter ... Career Counselor
Richard Berendzen ... Richard Berendzen (as Dr. Richard Berendzen)
Shannon Maliff ... High School Girl
Stephanie Le Blanc ... High School Girl
Jasmine Andrade ... High School Girl
Kara Tweedie ... High School Girl

Kumar Pallana ... Purdeep

Ana Kayne ... Claire
Yuval Segal ... Television Reporter

Diane Ciesla ... Dr. Joan Tallis
Robert Phillips ... Radio Reporter #1
Hollyce Phillips ... Television Anchor

Luis Vega ... Federico
Rich Habersham ... Radio Reporter #2
Jennifer Jaramillo Valkana ... Nurse (as Jennifer Jaramillo)

Ari Gold ... Conspiracy Theorist
Steve Giammaria ... Television Interviewer (as Steve 'Major' Giammaria)
Rebecca Price ... Keith Harding's Secretary
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Connor Etter ... Guy at party (uncredited)
Marty Garcia ... College Professor (uncredited)

Directed by
Mike Cahill 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Mike Cahill  written by
Brit Marling  written by

Produced by
Tyler Brodie .... executive producer
Mike Cahill .... producer
Hunter Gray .... producer
Brit Marling .... producer
Paul Mezey .... executive producer
Phaedon A. Papadopoulos .... associate producer (as Phaedon Papadopoulos)
Nick Shumaker .... producer (as Nicholas Shumaker)
Original Music by
Fall on Your Sword 
Phil Mossman (co-composer)
Cinematography by
Mike Cahill 
Film Editing by
Mike Cahill 
Casting by
James Calleri 
Paul Davis 
Production Design by
Darsi Monaco 
Costume Design by
Aileen Alvarez-Diana  (as Aileen Diana)
Makeup Department
Marni Giannotti .... special makeup effects artist: Connectivut
Production Management
Sean Frechette .... additional post-production supervisor
Phaedon A. Papadopoulos .... post-production supervisor (as Phaedon Papadopoulos)
Phaedon A. Papadopoulos .... unit production manager (as Phaedon Papadopoulos)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Cai Liang .... assistant director
Art Department
Aileen Alvarez-Diana .... art director: New York (as Aileen Diana)
Peter Danshov .... props
Brian Rzepka .... art director: Connecticut
Sound Department
Sasha Awn .... dialogue editor
Travis Call .... audio post coordinator
Patrick Christensen .... adr engineer
Michael Gassert .... production sound mixer: Connecticut
Michael Gassert .... production sound mixer: New York
Steve Giammaria .... supervising dialogue editor (as Steve 'Major' Giammaria)
Sebastian Henshaw .... foley artist
Sebastian Henshaw .... sound effects editor
Lucas Lee .... additional production sound mixer: New York
Damiano Marchese .... dialogue editor
Stefano Mascitti .... synchronization
James Nichols .... dolby consultant
Ryan M. Price .... sound designer
Ryan M. Price .... sound re-recording mixer
Ryan M. Price .... supervising sound editor
Mike Silvestri .... additional production sound mixer: Connecticut (as Michael Silvestri)
Steve F.B. Smith .... sound consultant: Dolby (uncredited)
John Soukup .... sound transfer (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Adam Fanton .... visual effects supervisor: Bentlight Digital
Darren Fanton .... visual effects supervisor: Bentlight Digital
Camera and Electrical Department
David Armstrong .... provider: photographs
Liang Cai .... first assistant camera: Connecticut
Liang Cai .... first assistant camera: New York
Liang Cai .... gaffer: Connecticut
Liang Cai .... still photographer: Connecticut
Liang Cai .... still photographer: New York
Sonny Plescia .... gaffer: New York
Ssong Yang .... additional gaffer: Connecticut
Editorial Department
Alice Borrelli .... assistant editor
Molle DeBartolo .... digital intermediate producer: Deluxe NY
Joe Gawler .... digital intermediate colorist: Deluxe NY (as Joseph Gawler)
Andra Gordon .... post-production coordinator
Markus Janner .... digital film recording: Deluxe NY
Tim Maxwell .... digital transfer
Jonathan Sanden .... digital intermediate editor: Deluxe NY
Darrell R. Smith .... digital intermediate producer: Deluxe NY
Zak Tucker .... digital intermediate colorist: Harbor Film Company
Music Department
Lucy Alper .... music executive producer
Inna Barmash .... musician: vocalist
Will Bates .... composer: additional music
Will Bates .... musician
Fall on Your Sword .... musicians
Eric Jacobsen .... musician: cellist
Phil Mossman .... composer: additional music
Phil Mossman .... musician
Scott Munson .... composer: additional music
Natalia Paruz .... musician: musical saw
Lev Zhurbin .... musician: vocalist (as Lev 'Ljova' Zhurbin)
Stefan Karrer .... soundtrack album producer (uncredited)
Other crew
Andrew Adair .... delivery supervisor
Brian Borkowski .... key production assistant: New York
James Brettell .... key production assistant: Connecticut
James Brettell .... production coordinator: New York
André Des Rochers .... production legal: Gray Hrauss Des Rochers
Tomás X. Díaz .... assistant production coordinator: Connecticut (as Tobias Diaz)
Daniel Lugo .... production assistant: New York
Morgan Marling .... production coordinator: Connecticut
Lily Stroud .... production assistant: New York
Marketa Tomanova .... script supervisor: New York
Zal Batmanglij .... special thanks
Andrew Goldman .... special thanks
Alex Orlovsky .... special thanks
Craig Wedren .... special thanks

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Rated PG-13 for disturbing images, some sexuality, nudity and brief drug use
92 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

The Williams's house is actually director Mike Cahill's mother's house.See more »
Crew or equipment visible: 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 »
[first lines]
Rhoda Williams: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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Movie Connections:
References "White Collar" (2009)See more »
ClockworkSee more »


What did Rhoda spell out on with her fingers on Purdeep's hand in the hospital after (already blind) he had deafened himself?
Who was the masked man in the beginning of the film?
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17 out of 31 people found the following review useful.
So Very Many Stupid Plot Points, 7 December 2011
Author: bdgill12 from United States

Rhoda Williams (Brit Marling) is an exceptionally intelligent 17 year- old with a very bright future ahead of her. On the same night that she is out celebrating her acceptance into MIT, a new planet is discovered that scientists deem identical to earth (cleverly named "Earth 2"). While driving home drunk, Rhoda looks up into the sky to get a look at this new planet and smashes into another car, instantly killing the wife and child of Yale music professor John Burroughs (William Mapother) who goes into a coma. Four years later, Rhoda is released from prison and finds herself drawn to John who never saw her face or read her name during the trial. Posing as a cleaning woman, she works her way into John's life, hoping to find the courage to confess her crime and thereby clear her conscience. Simultaneously, earth and earth 2 are drawing closer to one another (more on this later) and it is learned that the planets are exact copies: anyone who exists on earth also exists on earth 2 and theoretically, their events of their lives would be the same leading up to the moment of mutual discovery. But as her relationship with John deepens, she must decide not only whether or not to leave for the new world but also if she can confess her identity to the man she took everything from.

Somewhere inside Another Earth there exists a worthwhile indie drama that has a bit of promise. Marling, who also wrote the film, has genuine appeal and you can see why she's become a hot name around Hollywood. This is an actress who could really be something in a few years. There's no reason she couldn't fill some of the roles going to Felicity Jones or pick up the scraps from Jennifer Lawrence's table. Likewise, I think director Mike Cahill (also co-writer) shows some talent behind the camera and a knack for finding the right shot for the situation, heightening the drama in the already tense atmosphere of his film. Both of them will go on to bigger and better things...

...which is good because Another Earth is a convoluted mess. The problem with this type of indie drama is the hook; in order to set your film apart from a glutted market of similar films, only a few of which receive any kind of mass marketing, you have to come up with something different that brings attention. If you're a studio executive and Mike Cahill is pitching this film to you (which I know is not the way it works for these films but go along with me), you're saying something to the effect of, "Okay, so you've got a messed up relationship between two opposites who are brought together by tragedy. That's great. But tell me, why am I going to see your movie instead of Like Crazy or Away We Go? Oh, there's a subplot involving a second earth that's (inexplicably) getting closer and closer to our own planet? Bingo!" The end result is essentially a sci-fi concept film concept films, even artsy ones like this, rarely work. Science fiction is tough enough to get right (and that's coming from a huge sci-fi nerd) and it's even tougher when you've got an inexperienced hand guiding the ship. Cahill and Marling pay little attention to the details surrounding their sci-fi subplot and as a result, these sloppy elements are almost all I could focus on.

Don't get me wrong; there are a number issues with this film that have nothing to do with the haphazard hook. Every actor outside of Marling and Mapother ranges in talent from, "extra who was given a couple of lines" to "professional actor who should probably start looking for another profession." None of these supporting players are given much screen time (mercifully) but when they are...ouch. All of the characters are extremely shallow, making their transitions seem insignificant. And the storyline itself is so slow and unclear that I actually had to go online and search forums in order to piece together the film's intent.

But none of these issues hold a candle to the sheer idiocy of the subplot. I pride myself on my ability to not hold movies to the laws of reality. It's a movie; things are going to happen that could never happen in real life and honestly, that's the way we all want it more often than not. But I would maintain it is impossible to sit through Another Earth without asking some real questions. For example, in the beginning earth 2 is a tiny blue dot in the far distance but by the end of the film, the planet is a giant colossus dominating the skyline both day and night. No reason is given for this change nor does it ever seem to bother the inhabitants of either planet that they are headed for, you know, a catastrophic collision. This made me more than a little crazy. Another major issue comes along with the whole, "win a seat on the first trip to earth 2" which is organized by a Richard Branson-like billionaire. So, basically, we're to believe that a new planet is rapidly invading our orbit and not only does NASA not make a trip of their own, they're totally cool with renting out their equipment to a rebel businessman. Even a cursory line about this being the "first commercial trip" to earth 2 would have sufficed but apparently this never occurred to anyone involved with the making of the film. These (and many others) are stupid mistakes that only come along when a filmmaker doesn't know how to handle a given topic or doesn't care enough to try and make the subplot blend with the main theme. And if the people behind a film don't care enough to make their film work, then why should anyone else care enough to see it?

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