Dan Cohen, founder of the nonprofit organization Music & Memory, fights against a broken healthcare system to demonstrate music's ability to combat memory loss and restore a deep sense of self to those suffering from it.
Ian's glasses change between shots when he is in India. In some shots they are frameless, and in others, they have black frames. See more »
When I saw you, I had the feeling I had known you - like we are connected from past lives
I don't believe in that
What do you believe in?
I'm a scientist. I believe in proof.
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Motion Picture Soundtrack
Written by Thomas Yorke, Philip Selway, Edward O'Brien, Colin Greenwood and Jonathan Greenwood
Performed by Radiohead
Courtesy of Parlophone Label Group UK
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Greetings again from the darkness. The evening I saw this one, I tweeted "Mike Cahill is one of today's most intriguing filmmakers". After a few days to think about it, that belief remains so. A double feature of this and his previous film "Another Earth" could keep the conversation flowing for days and weeks.
Evolution vs Spirituality is the main theme here. Miohael Pitt plays molecular biologist Ian Gray, who is working diligently to prove that the evolution of the eye is the scientific proof debunking creationism and spirituality. Ian's petri dish view of life is challenged when he meets free-spirited Sofi (Astrid Berges-Frisbey). This takes opposites attract to a whole new level ... in fact, opposites actually detract ... from the story and tone. While Sofi causes cracks in Ian's convictions, their ultimate split is actually a turning point for the film. The second half is extremely entertaining and thought-provoking.
Leaping ahead a few years, we find Ian married to his previous lab assistant Karen (Brit Marling). These two have an intriguing bond, and the birth of their first child sends the two scientists back into research mode ... including some globe trotting. Retina scanning technology plays a huge role here, and leads Ian to India where he searches for proof of this new theory.
This existential trip has an inordinate number of coincidences, lucky breaks, and philosophical discussions ... not to mention a rainbow range of eye glass styles. If you enjoy films that generate post-viewing discussions, Mr. Cahil is proving himself as the go-to filmmaker. Whether you fall on the side of science or spirituality, or somewhere in-between, this film seeks to prove the eyes have it.
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