May 14, 2012


What if there is another you on another earth? Thiz question will generate other hundreds or maybe thousands of new questions. On the eve of the discovery of a second earth, Rhoda’s car accidentally crashed into john’s and killed his wife and his little boy. Now after four-year sentence, Rhoda with her guilt tries to approach the frustrated John to ask for forgiveness. I won’t tell you where the rest will lead us. The story centers on two main characters, Rhoda (Brit Marling) and john (William Mapother). Brit Marling makes her acting debut through thiz movie. She can show her vulnerable emotion convincingly. William Mapother also makes a good balance on their interaction. Even though first-time feature Director Mike Cahill has very limited resources, he seems so successful to raise a debate among the audience with his unique story. I realize that thiz movie has an ambiguous ending. It means the ending could mean anything depends on how the content is interpreted by the viewers. Thiz kind of art house movie reminds me of Spike Jonze and Charlie Kaufman’s strange smart movies like in “Being John Malkovich” (1999), “Adaptation” (2002), "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" (2004), “Synecdoche, New York” (2008) or "Where the Wild Things are" (2009). I think thiz movie is a large-scale metaphor of life. It’s straightly about how to redeem a guilty feeling. Certainly, we cannot change the past. So the movie reminds us of the importance of forgiveness. To put it simply, if you want to make people around you to feel happiness then you have to make yourself happy first. Otherwise, if you want to make yourself to be happy, then you have to make other people happy. We’re all in the same boat. Sooner or later, it will affect one another. It’s a good contemplation.

Stars : 6/10
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Jonny Fendi

"What would we really like to see if we could stand outside ourselves and look at us?"

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