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Another Earth (2011)

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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.

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Mike Cahill
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
William Mapother ... John Burroughs
Brit Marling ... Rhoda Williams
Matthew-Lee Erlbach ... Alex
DJ Flava DJ Flava ... DJ Flava (voice)
Meggan Lennon Meggan Lennon ... Maya Burroughs
AJ Diana AJ Diana ... Amos Burroughs
Bruce Colbert Bruce Colbert ... Symposium Speaker
Paul Mezey ... Symposium Speaker
Ana Valle ... Symposium Speaker
Jeffrey Goldenberg Jeffrey Goldenberg ... Symposium Speaker
Joseph A. Bove Joseph A. Bove ... Symposium Speaker (as Joseph Bove)
Jordan Baker ... Kim Williams
Flint Beverage Flint Beverage ... Robert Williams
Robin Lord Taylor ... Jeff Williams
Rupert Reid ... Keith Harding
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Storyline

SPOILER: 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 ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Provocative, Smart Entertainment. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance | Sci-Fi

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for disturbing images, some sexuality, nudity and brief drug use | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 October 2011 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Druga Zemlja See more »

Filming Locations:

West Haven, Connecticut, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$100,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$77,740, 24 July 2011, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,316,074, 2 October 2011
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Artists Public Domain See more »
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Dolby Digital | SDDS | Datasat

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The Williams's house is actually director Mike Cahill's mother's house. See more »

Goofs

Rhoda tells the story of the first man in space, who was supposedly in orbit for almost a month. In reality, Yuri Gagarin's Vostok 1 mission lasted about 108 minutes from launch to landing, with a little over an hour (a single circumnavigation) spent in orbit. See more »

Quotes

[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 21 Grams (2003) See more »

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Driftwood
Written by Adam Small
Performed by Adam Small
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Can a movie suck massively, and yet be frighteningly Awesome? Why is this my first review?
23 January 2012 | by WEAPON OF CHOICESee all my reviews

Hammer your expectations down through the rocks. Here, let me help you. There's 1000's of fellow IMDb'ers who thought the movie sucked horribly. A lot of suckage. It's not that great. It's not sci-fi. If you're thinking of another movie to compare this to, no matter what you pick, this one'll fall terribly short.

To the facts, Brit co-wrote the movie, she's gorgeous. I probably would've given up half-way if it wasn't for the mysteriousness she portrays. That face, gawd! Made on a shoestring budget. Heck, Brit had to do her co-star's make-up in between shots. This is a movie made with passion, and a lot of faith that they'd done good stuff.

Well, let me sorta paint my experience watching 'Another Earth'. Glued to my seat, for an hour and a half, almost as if this was a thriller? I'm serious. Captivated by the gorgeous shots of 'earth 2'. Waiting for the little streams of info being released ever so stringently -- the announcement on the radio as they discover earth 2, and a whole bunch more. I've already mentioned how captivating Brit is.

What? No Sci-fi? There's definitely food for the sci-fi enthusiast. The premise comes from a mixture of new-age string theory of the multiverse kind. The ending'll have you wondering about Einsteinian space-time implications.

The core of the movie is largely philosophical. Forgiveness. Rebirth. etc. Kept me struggling throughout with my emotions about the main character. Past the acting. How much forgiveness can the viewer unleash? And is it justified?

Chill out, leave your expectations at the door. You may not like it. It's slow. It demands your attention, so keep away from the caffeine. You might not feel the same way about Brit though. She's gorgeous. She really is. It's just a well-made passion-filled indie-flick. It's got some gorgeous imagery. The atmosphere, constantly thick, with color and emotion. This review's gone on way too long. Indie flick of the year? Gets my vote. Who cares?

Oh BTW, its possible your friends'll hate you for recommending this. Especially if they're the kind that finds it hard to appreciate photography, artsy stuff maybe, and don't have much patience, you know, generally. So there ya go, one final reason for you to dig this flick. The fact that you like it -- yeah it'll be one of those things you look back on and say 'Hey, I really am different. I appreciate interesting deep stuff. I'm like an artist, philosopher, or something. neat!'. Holy hell. What? Is that really why I...


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