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On the night of the discovery of a duplicate planet in the solar system, an ambitious young student and an accomplished composer cross paths in a tragic accident.

Starring:
Diane Ciesla, Brit Marling
Rental Formats:
DVD

Product Details

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  • Feature ages_12_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 32 minutes
Starring Diane Ciesla, Brit Marling, Niecy Cerise, William Mapother, Ana Kayne, Meggan Lennon, Matthew-Lee Erlbach
Director Mike Cahill
Genres Drama, Science Fiction
Studio 20th Century Fox Film Co. Ltd
Rental release 30 April 2012
Main languages English

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This is an extremely deep film that will provoke much thought and questions. Don't watch this film with a Sci-fi context, it isn't what it went for.

It's about a young girl and how she deals with an horrific life changing accident and her relationship to the character on the receiving end. The film is beautifully made and really makes you feel for the characters. It makes you think and question yourself on life experiences and to me, carries a message of forgiveness and hope.

I really wish I had a wider vocabulary and was able to construct lovely sentences because I can not give this film the justice it deserves. It is an absolutely stunning film; give it a watch!
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The first thing that should be said about Another Earth is that it isn't really a sci-fi film. You'd be forgiven for thinking that it was from the cover and some of the descriptions online. It's essentially about how a girl comes to terms with the guilt of causing a tragic accident. It's set against the backdrop of the discovery of another earth-like planet (I won't say any more than that) but hardly any of the film is directly related to this. The discovery is really used in more of a metaphorical sense and the real point is to explore how she comes to terms with her life after the accident.

With that said and despite the fact that I did in fact think I was settling down to watch a science fiction film, I think it works quite well. The performance of Brit Marling in the lead role received a lot of praise and I'd definitely go along with that as she really manages to carry the film. However I felt it was a bit too flimsy to pull off some of the big ideas it's aiming for. There's a fair dose of cod philosophy at times and on a couple of occasions it lapses into rather self-indulgent exercises in cinematography.

Overall I'd say there are enough interesting moments for it to be worth a watch if you like independent cinema, but I did find it a bit of an empty experience in many ways. There's a great deal of setup, but very little delivery in terms of the key point that's trying to be made.
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By Inkhorn TOP 500 REVIEWER on 29 Mar. 2012
Format: DVD
Watching Lars Von Trier's Melancholia, about an approaching planet led me to this movie made around the same time.

As Another Earth begins, we are introduced to a bright, attractive young girl with a brilliant future, with an interest in the Cosmos, and she has just got into MIT.

When another earth with the same continents and oceans appears in the sky, people get excited, some are nervous. As she drives along that night, a radio announcer talks excitedly about the new planet, while a father, pregnant mother, and five year old child sit talking in a parked car. Momentarily, she looks skyward. You can probably imagine what happens.

Now we have a woman whose life is but a walking shadow. After some time she returns to the world. But her star has somewhat diminished. Although she says little me may infer that she has unresolved grief and guilt which cripples her from moving forward in life. She takes a job that requires little human contact, as a cleaner. Her thoughts of jetting to a different sphere put on hold.

Returning to the scene, she discovers the husband, and contrives to meet him and seek forgiveness.

Discoveries about the other earth may make you wonder if there are people like you on this other earth, mirrors to ourselves, mirroring our events or not. Such possibilities offer the hope of redemption, although others find it frightening.

As the husband continues to contend with his waterlogged grief, his withdrawal, and limitations of his previous musical abilities, we see no way for her to broach this subject. Meanwhile, a Branson like entrepeneur offers a select few a free trip to the other earth.
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I am not convinced if this is an Indie Sci Fi film or an Indie film with a bit of Sci Fi chucked in. If you just like your Sci Fi to be lasers, explosions and scientists driving around shouting at NASA on speakerphone this is certainly not for you.

The story is that another Earth (or Earth II as it is dubbed) appears in the sky. A girl who is drunk and driving is looking at it out of her car window crashes and wipes out a family. It then turns into a slow paced indie film about people dealing with their feelings in a well done but not massively original way with one moment of supreme pretentious rubbish which I am choosing to ignore.

At times the Indie "aren't we all so deep and meaningful" stuff is nearly too much, but Earth II hanging there in the sky along with the information drip fed to you via the media makes your "what if" synapses go off like machine guns.

More of that please.
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Some spoilers.

Another Earth was a little too slow for my personal taste, but the idea and the plot were interesting. For me there were too many unanswered questions, and I would of liked some more information on where this mirror Earth came from. The plot was extremely slow to develop and I would have preferred less focus on the ruined lives of the main characters, and a little more on the what, why, when and how's of the mirror Earth.

Personally, I would have preferred some of the duller aspects to be cut and replaced with more at the end about meeting people from the other Earth and the experiences of the two main characters after meeting their respecting mirror selves-or mirror families.

It was entertaining enough, I just felt they fleshed out the ruined lives of the main characters more than the mirror Earth. It seemed more like a movie about the horrors of drink-driving and the ramifications and OH LOOK a new Earth appeared, rather than a movie about a mirror Earth appearing from nowhere and the marvel and wonder which accompanied it.

As many have said. Do NOT expect any sci fi. Besides a planet appearing from nowhere, there is no science fiction in this movie. It is a life drama.
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