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2011 FILM FAVOURITES: #16 – Another Earth

I am breathless.

This film leaves me just…breathless. Another Earth was one of two films released this year dealing with planetary imbalances, but unlike Lars von Trier’s also excellent Melancholia, this film hit me on a gut-level. I was overwhelmed with my emotions after seeing it. My mind was reeling and was haunted by this film for months afterwards. I can’t think of another film in recent memory that has been able to illustrate such humanity with a concept so bizarre. Some of the longer bits of dialogue lead to some really profound points that could spark quite a bit of discussion. In fact, I need to go call some friends right now and re-analyze this movie. It just keeps on giving, haha.

Brit Marling and William Mapother give solid performances, with the former receiving a standing ovation on my part. My god. Brit Marling, where the freak have you been all my life? I have a crush on you, really. Directed by Mike Cahill and co-written by Cahill and star Marling, this pair are ones to watch out for. A stellar achievement for them both. You will not be able to shake this film off.

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