Rated 3.3 out of 5 by 3
Rated 5 out of 5 by phosfurbus Spectacular Sundance Award Winner
Every summer we are lambasted by a barrage of terrible movies, and 2011 was no exception. Again this year people flocked into theaters to indulge in large explosions or gratuitous misconduct but I could be found, as always, in the art house absorbing something explosive in a whole different sense. I like to think that I was so anxious to see this movie that I flew all the way to Chicago to see it before it came to Charlotte, however, that would be misleading because seeing Another Earth was not the sole purpose of my visit. However, it overshadowed just about everything else.
Unexpected, cathartic, and heart-wrenching are all terms that come to mind when I think about this dissonant and poignant piece of film. The brilliance that went into the script, which is based on the transworld identity theorem, speaks volumes to the educational pedigree of Marling who both wrote and starred in the film. The film is gripping and spell-binding at every turn and leaves nothing to be desired.
Fall On Your Sword composed a work of electronic genius when they wrote the soundtrack to Another Earth. If you don’t believe me take a listen to these two tracks and see what I mean. The whole movie is underscored by tones of slightly futuristic ambient beauty. My favorite track though, if you check out the whole album on iTunes or Spotify, I think is Love Theme. It is both soaring and heartbreakingly beautiful.
The muted tones and grainy detail of the cinematography add a slice of realism to the picture that resonates perfectly with the script, acting, and soundtrack. Even the subtle juxtaposition of images the director, Mike Cahill, purposely places throughout the film is a testament to the intellectual nature of this cast and crew.
This pitch perfect film, should be cherished, as works of art this magnificent don’t come around all that often.