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5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful and beautiful, visually and psychologically, 26 Nov. 2011
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This review is from: Another Earth [DVD] (DVD)
This film. Wow. I have never been so completely blown away by a film. This is the film that slams every argument I've had with myself about entertainment passing itself off as genuine heartfelt art.

Another Earth seems to be about so many things, and yet not about them at all: you could say it's about loss, tragedy, physics, science fiction, consequences, redemption...and yet none of these things, singly or combined add up to what this film is. Simply put, it's a masterpiece of intricacy. I'm not really a film person - I'm a books-person - and for me, this film hit all those spots that only a handful of incredible books have reached. The way the scene concentrated so intensely on the moment, on everything about it - the texture of a wall, the space taken up by silence, the smallest nuances of expression, the play of light - every detail came together and gave it so many dimensions that you could watch each minute over and over and it would still be worth watching. The saw scene: so visceral and immediate and breathstopping (where that is a cross of heartstopping and breathtaking)...what a magnificent piece of work.

I loved that silence was given such a significant part. I think a lot of films are let down not necessarily by poor dialogue, but by oversaturating, so that the spoken so heavily overlays the visual that each diminishes the other. I also resent the overuse of music solely for mood manipulation (I realise there is an equal and opposite argument to that, but I'm on the less-is-more side): the fact that at the most emotive moments, there is no music at all, and all you can hear is your own breathing - that is when cinema is at its most powerful.

To quickly visit the entire premise of 'another earth'...this isn't Independence Day or anything like it. It's nothing like it at all. If you go away thinking 'what has another duplicate earth really got to do with it at all?' then the answer is, as always, nothing and everything. It's a story that in many ways circles back on itself, and you finally understand that it's about *patterns*, the patterns that underlay everything - the rules of the universe, people, action and consequence, tragedy and coping, truth and lies.

Finally, a quick summary: On the night a new planet is discovered, Rhoda Williams (Brit Marling, and what a work of art she is, in every sense) is involved in a car accident. She lives every day with the knowledge of having done something unforgivable, and is unable to forgive herself. She sets out to find herself some kind of forgiveness, and when she seeks out the only person who can give her it, she is drawn into his world, with consequences she never imagined.
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Initial post: 16 Dec 2013 10:35:14 GMT
Marco says:
Since you say you love films that make a wide use of silence, might I suggest you to watch 3-Iron by Korean director Kim Ki-Duk. Trust me, you won't be disappointed. I also loved Another Earth, and Kim Ki-Duk is one of my favourite directors despite the many false steps in his career.

As for your review, I agree with it wholeheartedly. And when you say what a work of art (in every sense) Brit Marling is you really hit the spot.

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Dec 2013 22:37:23 GMT
Doha says:
Hi Marco, thanks a lot for your comment and recommendation. I'm actually a big fan of Korean drama at the moment, but haven't yet ventured into Korean film, so I'll definitely check this out.

I have a recommendation for you - a short drama (8 episodes) called White Christmas (http://wiki.d-addicts.com/White_Christmas), which is brilliantly atmospheric, beautifully shot and directed, and has a complex human storyline which is so, so compelling ('are monsters born or are they made?'). Unusually for a Korean drama, it uses a lot of moody English-language rock/metal, intercut with stretches of desolate, eery silence. Take a look at the synopsis - it's much better than it sounds. It is hands down the best show I have seen this year. So fricking good.
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