Another Earth

(2011)

Genres: Drama

Review: Another Earth

Transcript for Review: Another Earth

IGNATIY VISHNEVETSKY:
Our next film toes the line between being understated and not having all that much to say. In ANOTHER EARTH, a new planet, which looks identical to our own, is discovered in the solar system. Brit Marling—who co-wrote the screenplay with director Mike Cahill—stars as Rhoda, who crashes her car on the day of the planet's discovery, accidentally killing two people. Released from prison four years later, she seems to want nothing more than to be left alone, and finds hope in the possibility of traveling to the new planet, which is now called Earth Two.

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Then she decides to show up at the house of John, the man whose wife and son were killed in the accident. He's played by William Mapother and he doesn't recognize her, so she lies and tells him that she's a maid going door-to-door. He hires her to clean his dilapidated home, and the two become close.

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There were a few things to like about ANOTHER EARTH, but there is a gaping hole in its center. If you take away the sci-fi hook, the movie becomes a pretty standard indie drama about forgiveness, and not a very good one at that. The less said about the metaphorical blind janitor played by Kumar Pallana, the better. 

CHRISTY LEMIRE:
Yeah, I like this better than you did. My thumb is up, but vaguely. I liked it for a long time. I like that you have these very melodramatic, very tragic events taking place, but the aesthetic is so stripped down and hand held and quite often grainy. I like that contrast. I wish it had stayed a little more nebulous in terms of their relationship; in terms of the way they help each other. It kind of spells things out and gets way too obvious in ways that made me cringe.

IGNATIY:
I think it’s actually too ambiguous. That’s my problem. This I mean this can be called Ambiguous Metaphor the Movie. It’s like…

CHRISTY:
The musical!

IGNATIY:
The musical. Everything they do seems to symbolize something theoretically. You have this planet, which is essentially one big ambiguous metaphor in the sky.

CHRISTY:
Hovering toward us, but Brit Marling, I think, is a star. She is beautiful and natural in a very engaging way, so I like her.

IGNATIY:
I don’t think she’s given that much to work here.

CHRISTY:
I liked her. She wrote her own script.

IGNATIY:
She should get a better writer.