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Film Review: Another Earth

Posted: July 22nd, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Art News, Movie Review | Tags: , , , , , , , | Comments Off

Debut director Mike Cahill’s Another Earth imagines not just another planet capable of housing human life but another planet on which humans irrefutably live. It doesn’t stop there: on this planet, which has recently appeared in the sky, another version of every person on Earth exists. Another you, another me. A parallel planet, or perhaps a paradoxical world?

Another Earth - Fox Searchlight

We Rated: ★★★★

Director:  Mike Cahill

Writers: Brit MarlingMike Cahill

Stars: Brit MarlingWilliam MapotherMatthew-Lee Erlbach

The idea behind Another Earth first developed out of director Mike Cahill and actress Brit Marling speculating as to what it would be like were one to encounter one’s own self. In order to explore the possibility on a large scale, they devised the concept of a duplicate Earth. The visual representation of the duplicate planet was deliberately made to evoke the Moon, as Cahill was deeply inspired by the 1969 Apollo 11 lunar landing.

The film was made on a budget of $200,000, it was met in January with much lauding at the 27th Sundance Film Festival.

Cahill’s thought filled drama draws together the wild optimism of youth, a sold local feel and the wry irony of nauseating, unstoppable events, the film wears a good solid narrative.

The colloquial point of view is enchanting – very Coen Bros - Another Earth was filmed in and around New Haven, Connecticut, Cahill’s hometown. Cahill’s childhood home was used as Rhoda’s home and his bedroom as Rhoda’s room.

On the night of the discovery of Earth2 , an ambitious young student and an accomplished composer cross paths in a tragic, life changing accident.

The plot of this dreamy indie flick sounds like altogether low: young woman with a bright future kills a man’s wife and child while driving drunk and struggles to secretly make it up to him

This tragedy takes place behind a science fiction facade. A newly discovered planet advancing on Earth appears to be a mirror image of our own planet, a parallel planet?   Read the full article »»»»

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