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  • Actors: Gael Garcia Bernal, Hani Furstenberg
  • Directors: Julia Loktev
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: MPI HOME VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: February 26, 2013
  • Run Time: 113 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00A92MG88
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #162,703 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Alex (Gael Garcia Bernal, Y Tu Mama Tambien, The Motorcycle Diaries) and Nica (Hani Furstenberg, Campfire, Yossi & Jagger) are young, in love and engaged to be married. The summer before their wedding, while backpacking in the Caucasus Mountains in Georgia, they hire a local guide to lead them on a camping trek. Venturing into the stunning wilderness, the trio's peaceful adventure takes a dark turn as a subtle rift opens between Alex and Nica, quickly widening until it threatens to undo everything the couple believed about each other and themselves. Along with their ever-present guide, the young travelers find themselves journeying not only into a landscape that's both overwhelmingly open and frighteningly closed, but also into the farthest depths of their own understanding. A unique examination of the parameters of love, THE LONELIEST PLANET is a tale of betrayal, identity, failure, and the ambiguities of forgiveness.

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The scenery is ok.
David J.Dodd
Obviously the filmmakers are trying to make a point about relationships, masculinity and morality.
M. Oleson
This movie was just awful.

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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Alex. Y. on January 18, 2013
Format: DVD
I have enjoyed the scenery and the camera work that is featured in this movie. Julia Loktev is a great director.
I hated the story. Basically it's about 2 hipsters that are about to get married in 2 months who go to Georgia (country, not US state) for some awesome hiking with a guide. As it happens, things get real for them: a random passerby shoves a giant gun in their face for one reason or another. As you might expect: this happy-go-lucky pair freaked and were quite upset for the rest of the movie. Gone was their childish naiveté of how everything is wonderful and happy in the world: people have guns in poor countries and they use them. After the incident: there was no coddling by their guide either, this made things a lot more upsetting for them. The guide was a sly fellow and caused some trouble of his own for this pair of bozos.
The only way I can relate to the storyline is from the NYT article a couple of years ago about a bunch of, similarly naive, 20-somethings moving into Bushwick, Brooklyn and then get robbed at gunpoint inside their apartment as they were just moving in. They were very surprised that this has happened to them. Yes, people have guns in poorer neighborhoods and they use them.
I would definitely watch this movie for the beautiful scenic vistas of Georgia. However if you are easily irritated by stupid, hapless urbanites - do not bother.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Chococat on January 3, 2014
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I agree with the other reviewers that this film is not mainstream. The fact that it's an indie film perhaps makes that obvious. What's not obvious is the quiet that speaks volumes. Not a lot of dialogue, barely any. Enough though.

This couple has the relationship we all want and envy. Intimate, close, perfectly paired. I kept thinking who would they find to fit so well. They would never find what they have with each other: Inside jokes, mutual relaxed fun, extreme intimacy and knowledge of each other's habits and wants, anticipating each others needs, never bored, always close and always taking care of the other without question. Giving and receiving to each other without question. Until...

I think the message of this movie is that you never really know someone. Or, the person and yourself isn't exactly what you thought. And when you see a chink...in the person or in yourself, what do you do about it? What does it mean for the relationship. Is he/she who you thought? Are you? Was everything else a lie because of the chink. Is the chink really a chasm?

This movie made me feel and think. I felt for each character separately. It created the ability for us to have empathy for each person, and feel agony, shame, and loneliness. As a bonus, the setting was gorgeous, and we got a key hole into the Georgian culture and unrest.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Steve Kohn on June 16, 2013
Format: DVD
I'm first to confess to not being the sharpest knife in the drawer. For example, I have no idea how the title of this movie has anything to do with it. A lot of things in this film are confounding to me.

*********SPOILER ALERT*********

But most of all, in the most important scene of the movie, we never learn why the young boy was agitated, why the old man put a gun to the head of Alex, why it took so long for the guide to intervene, if he even did. Most important, why the guide was asked about it afterwards, briefly, but never replied.

That crucial scene, the one that gives the second half of the movie its reason for existence, is inexplicably unexplained.

I thought Alex acted normally during the scene. When the rifle first came out, he instinctively put Nica in front of him. Not the height of chivalry, of course, but self preservation instincts taking over, I guess. Then he quickly realized what he had to do, to shield Nica, and he stepped in front of her. He then didn't bawl, cringe or bargain. He stood, awaiting his fate, maybe hoping the rifle had only one bullet in it, for him only.

If Nica was disappointed in her to-be husband, and she was, she conveyed it through silence and separation. (Quite a useful communication skill there. One, fortunately, my wife never learned. Partly why we're married 44 years.) Alex tried to bring her back, but she made it much too hard for him.

Instead of Alex and Nica talking it out, the dialogue we do get are dumb jokes about birth control in China.

I thought this movie had the chance to be quite good. "All" it needed was a plot, editing (especially editing), and dialogue.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Westley VINE VOICE on January 5, 2013
Format: DVD
In "The Loneliest Planet," a young engaged couple -- Alex (Gael Garcia Bernal) and Nica (Hani Furstenberg) -- take a hiking trip across the Caucus Mountains in the Republic of Georgia (not the southern state). They hire a local guide, Dato (played by Bidzina Gujabize who is an actual Georgian hiking guide) and joyfully trek into the wilderness. The trio get along well, with Alex and Nica enjoying young love and Dato teaching them Georgian. But then something unexpected happens that completely changes the tenor of the couple's relationship.

The movie is slow paced and likely to turn off many people who are looking for a thriller. There is not much plot or dialogue, with numerous stretches simply following the trio as they hike. The movie is beautiful to look at -- a bit of a Georgian travelogue -- but again not enough to hold the attention. However, what the movie excels at is depicting the couple. Bernal and Furstenberg have amazing chemistry together, and the movie shows the small things that demonstrate the strength and closeness of their relationship, such as their contest to see who can stand on their heads longer. Silly stuff.

When the plot twist occurs (be forewarned that it is not a huge shocking twist), we instantly see how it has changed them. The three main leads' naturalistic acting is tremendous, and the movie subtly examines big topics such as trust and masculinity. That it does so without a plethora of dialogue is all the more impressive.
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