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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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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 film came about out of conversations between Brit Marling and Mike Cahill about what it might be like to meet yourself.See more »
Revealing mistakes: When Rhoda 'googles' Burroughs, the text of the main article about him repeats word-for-word in a second article, just below Burroughs' picture on that same page.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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References Avatar (2009)See more »
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What did Rhoda spell out on with her fingers on Purdeep's hand in the hospital after (already blind) he had deafened himself?
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7 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Take a picture, it won't last as long, 3 December 2011
Author: Steve Pulaski from United States

Another Earth is a beauty to look at, but a task to watch and dissect. It compiles a number of shots that feel like a student photography project, and convinces the audience members to "suspend disbelief" so the film can go on its way. I can suspend disbelief for simple things like a second Earth appearing in the sky. I can't when it comes to simple movie-making terms.

This is director Mike Cahill's first feature film. He shot, edited, wrote, and was one of the four people who produced it and got it a limited theatrical release. I commend his efforts, but the direct result is fair at best. I will say that the photography is some of the best I've seen in any independent film. But readers know I can't just praise a film for having beautiful photography. It must back more under its belt.

The story is about Rhoda Williams (played by Brit Marling, who also wrote and produced the film), a woman bound for MIT and hopefully intriguing things in life. She is coming home from a party when she's had a few too many when she hears on the radio that there's a glowing blue dot in the night sky. That dot is rumored to be a second Earth. She looks out her window to catch a glimpse of it, and in the process, crashes her car into another car and kills a mother, a child, and leaves the father in a coma.

Four years pass. Rhoda is released from jail, and is now working as a school janitor. She wants to live life in a secluded manner, but feels the need to go to the father's house and apologize for the damage and distress she causes. She ultimately loses her nerve and says she's a housekeeper. Her and the man, John Burroughs (Mapother), start to become increasingly close, which leads to personal demon conflicts with Rhoda.

Oh, and that Earth-like planet that was in the sky? It now has a name. It's confirmed to be a second Earth, named Earth 2. We couldn't see it for so long because it was supposedly hiding behind the sun. The discovery of this planet is needless, and if extracted from the plot could leave a bunch of metaphors, the film feels like throwing at us, in the dust.

That's my biggest complaint; this film is unfocused metaphorically. It feels like instead of focusing on character development it wants to hold a contest for how many metaphors it can make. Literally almost everything in this film is done for an ambiguous purpose. Rhoda works as a janitor when she's released from prison (to clean up the mess, get it?). Earth 2 exists because on its planet there are supposedly doppelgangers of humans (to show the better side of people, get it?) It's almost like Another Earth is self-obsessed in the sense where it feels to get noticed it needs to make you think way too hard. It trades pacing for scenery, character development for metaphors, dialog for awkward, abrupt silences, and so on. When it comes to character development, there is a very small amount. Silence is golden in Another Earth, and far too often. There were quite a few scenes of silence in The Tree of Life, another nonlinear film I praised earlier this year. In The Tree of Life, what was going on was enough to keep me interested. The characters, especially Rhoda, use the silence to help them stare off into space. Maybe the start of another metaphor? But Another Earth does come equipped with perhaps one of the most surreal and stunning scenes this year in film. It involves a woman attempting to make contact with Earth 2 for the first time. The scene was gold and unsettling, and was executed in a way that has me at a loss for words.

Lots of color correction is clear from the post-production hell this probably caused. Some scenes involve a strange tint of blue that almost smothers the picture quality. Though the color enhancement can be intrusive sometimes, when it is applied to the sky and Earth 2 it is exquisite and inventive. Probably some of the sharpest I've seen for an independent film.

Another Earth is a severe independent film, but watching the trailer you probably wouldn't notice. When viewing the trailer, I expected it to break the box office. Not the case, obviously. I never saw or heard of it afterwards. Then I found out its budget and its release were minuscule. I was astounded. The trailer and the film are conducted almost in a limitless way. In the art direction field of course. The rest is on autopilot.

Starring: Brit Marling and William Mapother. Directed by: Mike Cahill.

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