Another Earth

2011

Another Earth

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Rhoda Williams, a bright young woman accepted into MIT's astrophysics program, aspires to explore the cosmos. A brilliant composer, John Burroughs, has just reached the pinnacle of his profession and is about to have a second child with his loving wife. On the eve of the discovery of a duplicate Earth, tragedy strikes and the lives of these strangers become irrevocably intertwined. Estranged from the world and the selves they once knew, the two outsiders begin an unlikely love affair and reawaken to life. But when one is presented with the chance of a lifetime opportunity to travel to the other Earth and embrace an alternative reality, which new life will they choose? -- (C) Fox Searchlight

Cast

Brit Marling
as Rhoda Williams
D.J. Flava
as Himself
William Mapother
as John Burroughs
Meggan Lennon
as Maya Burroughs
A.J. Diana
as John's Son
Bruce Colbert
as Symposium Speaker
Paul Mezey
as Symposium Speaker
Ana Valle
as Symposium Speaker
Jeffrey Goldenberg
as Symposium Speaker
Joseph Bove
as Symposium Speaker
Jordan Baker
as Kim Williams
Flint Beverage
as Robert Williams
Robin Lord Taylor
as Jeff Williams
Bruce Winant
as Keith Harding
Natalie Carter
as Career Counselor
Shannon Maliff
as High School Girl
Stéphane Leblanc
as High School Girl
Jasmine Andrade
as High School Girl
Kara Tweedie
as High School Girl
Yuval Segal
as Television Reporter
Diana Ciesla
as Dr. Joan Tallis
Robert Phillips
as Radio Reporter #1
Richard Habersham
as Radio Reporter #2
Hollyce Phillips
as Television Anchor
Luis Vega
as Federico
Ari Gold
as Conspiracy Theorist
Steve Giammaria
as Television Interviewer
Rebecca Price
as Keith Harding's Secretary
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  • Apr 03, 2014
    A nice little indie that only nods towards some sci-fi conceptualization but actually is mainly about redemption, and it takes its sweet time getting to even that. It's not absolutely boring but certainly closely examines that possibility.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Jan 22, 2014
    The science definitely isn't a selling point of the film; but the performances and the exploration of a girl who has nothing left and her chance to be happy compels a suspension of disbelief just long enough to appreciate what Mike Cahill is trying to say. Absolutely brilliant.
    Jason 123 D Super Reviewer
  • Sep 05, 2013
    <B><I>ANOTHER EARTH</I> (2010)</B> independent WRITTEN BY: Mike Cahil and Brit Marling DIRECTED BY: Mike Cahil FEATURING: William Mapother, Brit Marling, Matthew-Lee Erlbach, DJ Flava, Meggan Lennon, AJ Diana, GENRE: <B>FANTASY</B> TAGS: multiverse, parallel planes, alternate realities RATING: <B>7 PINTS OF BLOOD</B> PLOT: <B>A young woman becomes the lover of a man whose family she killed, while trying to determine if she committed the same crime in a parallel life.</B> COMMENTS: The ideas of parallel existences and multiple universes bolster Another Earth's introspective study of the concepts of choice, chance, what if's, and what-might-have-beens in this grim, despondent fantasy. Striking, a little dream-like, a tiny bit macabre, Another Earth is a different kind of science fiction movie. When 17 year old Rhoda Williams (Brit Marling) gets her acceptance letter to MIT, she does the logical thing; gets wasted and goes for a drive. The thrust of the film relies heavily on this triggering incident, and as with other plot points in Another Earth, we have to disregard some inherent incongruity to appreciate the story. The incongruity is that the type of woman who Rhoda proves herself to be, not to mention the sort of capable person who gets into MIT in the first place, isn't the kind of character who drives drunk, especially with a bright future on the horizon. The whole point of Another Earth however, mandates sensitive protagonists linked by the weight of tragedies which happened by chance, so we'll forgive the unlikeliness of Rhoda's initial behavior to appreciate the whole of the effort. There's plenty to appreciate, too. Nicely photographed, almost poetic in places, Another Earth is an atmosphere movie, but the atmosphere is derived more from quietly somber ideas, than from striking cinematography or dreamy settings. In Another Earth, astronomers discover an Earth-like planet inexplicably approaching our own from behind the sun. As the discovery is announced over her radio, Rhoda, driving intoxicated, looks heavenward, and in her moment of inattention strikes another vehicle, killing a man's family, really splattering them all over the road like bugs. The survivor, the husband and father, John (Brit Marling), lingers in a four year coma, awakening from it at about the time that Rhoda is released from prison for her crime. Rhoda is repentant and remorseful. ashamed, stunned by her actions, by the tragedy she's caused not only to others, but to herself as well. Living under an oppressive cloud of shame and humiliation, she withdraws from society as much as she can. In the meantime, the strange planet has been steadily approaching. It's now huge in the sky, and looks exactly like Earth. Overcome by her guilt, Rhoda contacts John. John, morose, withdrawn, soul-charred like Rhoda, living alone, and taking medications for his head injury, has no idea that Rhoda is the driver who smashed his life apart. Sharing misfortune and isolation, Rhoda and John bond. She becomes his caretaker. She becomes his lover. It can only be a matter of time before John finds out who Rhoda is. Will he? What will happen if he does? At the same time, people make contact with the inhabitants of the parallel Earth. They are ourselves. It's populated by our doubles. But our two planet's synchronicity may have ceased the night each world became aware of the other, the night of the accident. Incredibly, Rhoda arranges passage to the new planet -but can she bring herself to leave John? If so, what will she find? Filmmaker Mike Cahill presents his story's premises matter-of-factly, and in such a quietly brooding tone that it causes us to effortlessly gloss over and accept Another Earth's innate artistic license with cosmology. Once we can accept the idea that somebody like Rhoda would commit vehicular manslaughter, we're pulled unquestioning into the ensuing events as if in a trance. There's no clear multiverse explanation for the approach of a second world. Another Earth isn't a realistic exploration of quantum theory or the physics of what would happen if a planet came close to our orbit. It's not that type of sci-fi. The film's ending is open to several interpretations. It's an art film, a mood piece. and despite the emotional charge of its events, Another Earth avoids being a melodrama because it's neither sappy and saccharine, nor emotionally manipulative. To the contrary, Another Earth cloaks us in an eerie ambiance, which despite the film's sober themes, leaves us in a state of azure overcast, ethereal introspection as if suddenly awakened from a leaden dream.
    Pamela D Super Reviewer
  • Jul 31, 2013
    I prefer this one over the depression that Melancholia is
    William H Super Reviewer

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