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The Loneliest Planet (2011)

Not Rated | | Thriller | 3 January 2013 (Germany)
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An engaged couple's backpacking trip in the Caucasus Mountains is derailed by a single misstep that threatens to undo everything the pair believed about each other and about themselves.

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Julia Loktev

Writers:

Tom Bissell (short story "Expensive Trips Nowhere" from the collection 'God Lives In St. Petersburg'), Mikhail Lermontov (excerpt from 'A Hero Of Our Time') | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Hani Furstenberg ... Nica
Gael García Bernal ... Alex
Bidzina Gujabidze Bidzina Gujabidze ... Dato
Tali Pitakhelauri Tali Pitakhelauri ... Guesthouse Mom
Tako Pitakhelauri Tako Pitakhelauri ... Guesthouse Girl
Ani Kushashvili Ani Kushashvili ... Guesthouse Girl
Kati Jamarjashvili Kati Jamarjashvili ... Guesthouse Girl
Nino Pitakhelauri Nino Pitakhelauri ... Guesthouse Teen Girl
Khatia Kushashvili Khatia Kushashvili ... Guesthouse Teen Girl
Taira Pitakshelauri Taira Pitakshelauri ... Guesthouse Grandma
Amiran Gudrshauri Amiran Gudrshauri ... Kebab Seller
Joni Khueishivili Joni Khueishivili ... Drunk Man
Dato Taiklauri Dato Taiklauri ... Dancing Guy
Lado Gudushauri Lado Gudushauri ... Dancing Guy
Gin Takiklauri Gin Takiklauri ... Dancing Guy
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An engaged couple's backpacking trip in the Caucasus Mountains is derailed by a single misstep that threatens to undo everything the pair believed about each other and about themselves.

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Thriller

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The book passage that is read out is from "A Hero of Our Time" by Mikhail Lermontov. See more »

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Dato: Life is good.
Nica: Yes.
Dato: But good life is better
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Tuk Tuk Tuk
Written by O. Moltchanov
Lyrics by A. Slavorosov
Performed by Anano Sikharulidze
Georgian translation by Davit Lomidze
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Poor Guy
22 January 2013 | by ghost_dog86See all my reviews

While it does have something profound to say about relationships and how one moment can make or break them, "The Loneliest Planet" takes so long to get to its rather poignant yet elusive point, that it may seem to some as a bit too meandering. BUT, if you can stay with it, independent writer/director Julia Loktev does deliver with a payoff that is hauntingly thought provoking, with a high potential for inducing provocative discussions. Written (adapted from a short story from Tom Bissell) and exquisitely directed by Loktev using a plethora of expressive long takes, "The Loneliest Plant" stars Gael Garcia Bernal and Hani Furstenberg and centers around a young, adventurous and engaged to be married couple, who travel on a backpacking trip along the Caucasus Mountains, lead by a local Georgian guide. Sounds riveting right? Well, the initial hour does play out like a rather dull, elongated version of a short story, but then something happens that essentially changes the entire relationship dynamic, and more importantly allows the second half of this 2 hour film to slowly blossom into a tragic and quite engaging dissection of the male and female roles in a relationship. At times "The Loneliest Planet" displays thematic similarities to 2012's independent female relationship point of view film "Take this Waltz", but Loktev seems to be able to get her female visual prospective across with slightly more clarity, while still keeping a fascinating air of ambiguousness.

The truth is "The Loneliest Planet" is a hard film to review because it is contingent on one scene (really one physical movement) an hour into the picture, that I can't really talk about. But what I can say is that the latter half of the movie (after the big scene) although consists of Bernal and Furstenberg continuing to walk around the Caucasus Mountains (mostly in silence) is quite a moving piece of cinema that does show off Loktev's Malick-esque directorial skills.

On the other hand, this film is not for everybody. What will ultimately hold this back for many, will be the (at times) too Independent for its own good feel of the entire picture, as Loktev holds on shots for minutes at a time where nothing seems to be going on, and spends a lot of time filming characters ad-libbing their dialogue. Other issues may come down to the free flowing (slow) pacing of "The Loneliest Planet", which may leave many walking out of this movie questioning: Was Loktev's introspective inquiries really worth the journey? Final Thought: In my opinion this sort of Avant-garde piece about a couple under duress is very much a film geared more towards female audiences. That is to say, the main focus is not Bernal. He is only the vehicle that helps show the nature of the male counterpart. The real star of the show here is Furstenberg, who displays the complex prospective of a female outlook on relationships exceptionally well, and thusly what she goes through should be more fully understood by female audiences. That is not to say that men will not enjoy this film, but for most men, "The Loneliest Planet" may be too hard of a pill to swallow. Plus, if you are currently a male in a relationship, this is one movie that may only serve to plant the seed of an awkward conversation (which in turn, probably is the point).

Written by Markus Robinson, Edited by Nicole I. Ashland

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Opening Weekend USA:

$15,689, 28 October 2012

Gross USA:

$129,579

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$268,933
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1.66 : 1
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