ANOTHER EARTH (15)
D: Mike Cahill
Fox Searchlight (Hunter Gray, Mike Cahill, Brit Marling
& Nicholas Shumaker)
USA 🇺🇸 2011
W: Mike Cahill & Brit
DP: Mike Cahill
Ed: Mike Cahill
Mus: Fall On Your Sword
Brit Marling (Rhoda Williams), William
Mapother (John Burroughs), Robin Taylor (Jeff Williams), Jordan Baker (Kim Williams), Kumar Pallana (Purdeep)
Both the title & the synopsis imply this movie is of a
the science fiction genre, but the sci-fi element in the story is incredibly subtle, allowing the main focus to be on the pensive, tender drama at the heart of its tale.
Brit Marling plays MIT student Rhoda Williams, who, on the
same night as the discovery of a doppelgänger planet in our solar system, is involved in a car accident which leaves musician John Burroughs (William Mapother) without his wife and
After Rhodes serves four years in prison for manslaughter,
she visits the now reclusive Burroughs to apologise for her crime, but instead ends up getting involved in a close friendship with him, all while the great minds of Planet Earth are
attempting to make contact with the alternative one.
For an independent, low budget film, this borders on
excellent. The visuals are stunningly realised, the two central performances outstanding and it raises some intelligent, philosophical and thought-provoking questions, especially with its
ambiguous final moments.