Friday, July 5, 2013

Movies that Move You: Another Earth

 When another earth is discovered, Rhoda Williams, a lover of stars and space, dreams of visiting this new planet. But her world crashes down around her when she is involved in a terrible accident. Her future at MIT now ruined, Rhoda takes a job as a cleaner and through a series of events meets John Burroughs, a man inextricably linked to her past. As her relationship with John develops, Rhoda receives a chance to visit the other earth. Will her duplicate be just like her? Did she make the same mistakes? Is John's broken life on this earth whole on the other? Will Rhoda make the trip to the other earth?

Another Earth is a beautifully written and heartbreaking story. The cinematography is on point; the acting of both Brit Marling and William Mapother is something to behold. Weaving together what is essentially a sci fi narrative with a love story between two broken people, Another Earth packs an emotional punch. It asks this question: how far would you go to fix your mistakes? For Rhoda, it might be to another planet. For us, it could be much smaller. What would you do? 

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