Monday, December 5, 2011

Under 250: Another Earth

I’d missed this in its theatrical run and somehow, that’s ok.  Another Earth has been brought up in many a conversation about Lars Von Trier’s planetary Melancholia.  Their themes are not entirely similar, but there’s a mood to them, a sort of elegiac sense of dread that pervades both films.  Where Melancholia pushes for bigger and better screens and sounds, Another Earth is a small, unpretentious work that feels like a well-kept secret.   It’s the story of a girl named Rhoda (Brit Marling) whose inner world is teetering on the brink of imbalance just as a new planet – a mirror image of Earth- appears in the skies above.   In his first fictional feature, director Mike Cahill strikes a near perfect balance between micro and macrocosms, giving us wrenchingly beautiful moments that blindside in their simplicity even as their themes weigh heavy.  While occasionally the acting may tend towards wooden and the script may seem lazy, the emotional depth here is worth biting your tongue and suspending your disbelief.  


  1. Did you like the musical saw scene in Another Earth? You can hear music from it on the composer's website

  2. I did! It was really just jaw droppingly wonderful. I'll definitely check this out...


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