An obsessive astronomer and a curious artist form an unlikely bond which leads them to a profound, scientific discovery.


Akash Sherman


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Patrick J. Adams ... Dr. Isaac Bruno
Troian Bellisario ... Clara
Ennis Esmer ... Dr. Charlie Durant
Kristen Hager ... Dr. Rebecca Jenkins
R.H. Thomson ... Dr. John Rickman
Jennifer Dale ... Department Head
Genelle Williams ... Maya
Christina Tannous Christina Tannous ... Nurse
Tammie Sutherland Tammie Sutherland ... Reporter #1
Kevin Hanchard ... Doctor
Tal Zimerman ... Lead Technician
Charmaine D. Lau Charmaine D. Lau ... Reporter #2 (as Charmaine Lau)
Pierre Simpson ... Reporter #3
Will Bowes ... Kiefer
Trailer Trailer ... Eeva


Dr. Isaac Bruno, an astronomer and astrophysics professor at Ontario University in Toronto, has been obsessed with needing to discover that there is life in the cosmos besides on Earth. This obsession has been a negative Catch-22 in his life: he has needed this focus to fill a void in his personal life following a tragedy that partly led to the dissolution of his marriage to fellow astronomer Dr. Rebecca Jenkins, while the frustration he has felt in such a discovery not yet having been made has resulted in him acting inappropriately in all aspects of his life. That professional behavior has in turn led to he being indefinitely suspended from the university, which also means no access to university resources or equipment hindering that search. It is bad timing as advances in telescope technology, such as TESS, not only provides much data to the community, but any evidence as to the possibility of life would provide access to that technology. Desperate for help without many resources, ... Written by Huggo

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Troian Bellisario (Clara) and Patrick J. Adams (Isaac) are married in real life. See more »


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Clara: Can I ask you something?
Dr. Isaac Bruno: Yea
Clara: Why is finding life out there so important to you?
Dr. Isaac Bruno: You know what people are scared of most?
Clara: Death?
Dr. Isaac Bruno: [shakes head] The unknown which unfortunately this universe is chock full of. Sure, we've been chipping away at it for thousands of years but we still basically know nothing. So how do we process that? We do what we've always done. We make things up. Create these elaborate bedtime stories to explain it all. But if we found something, I mean even smallest clue that something ...
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"Clara": Metaphor for what Science may, or may not, Explain
11 May 2019 | by jtncsmistadSee all my reviews

Is our universe an infinite masterpiece of order and structure? Or is it merely a limitless amalgamation of randomness and chance? These are the questions posed and explored in the new sci-fi drama "Clara".

Writer and Director Akash Sherman has fashioned a most intriguing tale of science, distant space exploration, traumatic loss and unlikely romance. That's a lot of fertile, yet tricky, ground to cover in any story, and Sherman does so most adroitly here. Using equal parts special effects, human drama and deep existential issues, his film presents an embracing and genuinely thought-provoking chronicle of man and his place in the great cosmic unknown surrounding and dwarfing him.

If I have an issue with Sherman's film, it would be this: That what is apparently presented to us as one version of Heaven is, to put it both mildly and quite literally, way out there, man. Yet, as with all of the themes the filmmaker thoughtfully investigates in "Clara", whose to say, or know, that this version of The Afterlife may not be at least in the ballpark of actuality? Certainly not we of mortal man and woman status, and this is for DAMN sure.

Patrick J. Adams (TV's "Suits") and real-life spouse Troian Bellisario (The tube's "Pretty Little Liars") are excellent individually and in tandem as two shattered souls who come together to make a spectacular discovery. Was it the data-driven product of complex analysis and precise calculations? Or could it all have come to pass as simply an accident of luck, happenstance, and, perhaps, even love?

This is the ultimate quandary presented in "Clara". The grand answer may lie embedded in the lyrics of Bob Dylan, whom Sherman prominently features, when the iconic musician suggests it..."is blowin' in the wind."

It's as good a place to start as any.

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3 May 2019 (USA) See more »

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