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The Future (2011)

Miranda July , Hamish Linklater , Miranda July  |  NR |  DVD
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Miranda July, Hamish Linklater
  • Directors: Miranda July
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Roadside Attractions
  • DVD Release Date: November 29, 2011
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004Z29WAI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #84,542 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Future" on IMDb

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From Miranda July, the director of ME AND YOU AND EVERYONE WE KNOW, comes the story of a thirtysomething couple whose decision to adopt a cat changes their perspective on life, literally altering the course of time and testing their faith in themselves and each other. Miranda July also stars in the film alongside Hamish Linklater ("The New Adventures of Old Christine") and David Warshofsky (THERE WILL BE BLOOD) in this critically acclaimed indie darling.

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Filmmaker/performance artist Miranda July follows up her beloved first feature, Me and You and Everyone We Know, with an equally eccentric but darker work, The Future. Sophie (July) and Jason (Hamish Linklater, The New Adventures of Old Christine) have decided to adopt a stray cat, but the shelter won't release it for a month. So for a month, they decide to live life as if the world were about to end… leading to quitting their jobs, door-to-door solicitation, creative confusion, adultery, conversations with the moon, and stopping time. The fracturing of Sophie and Jason's relationship is captured by such surreal means it verges into David Lynch territory. Some scenes are literally so dark it's hard to see what's happening, contributing to an unsettling emotional ambiguity. July also plays the voice of the stray cat as it waits to be rescued; its brief monologues are strikingly plaintive, in many ways more emotionally stirring than Sophie and Jason themselves. Brilliant little sequences abound; in one scene, Sophie runs into old friends and watches their reproductive lives unfold into a matter of moments. The Future is a much more difficult movie to love than Me and You and Everyone We Know--it's more prickly, less sweet, less naive (though still hopeful) about human relationships--but it offers many rewards for anyone who will open up to July's searching imagination. --Bret Fetzer

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Hard to watch... February 8, 2013
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I love Miranda July, and also Hamish Linklater. I loved 'You and Me and Everyone We Know', and was so excited when this came out. However, it was sad, depressing, disgusting, maddening, and hard to watch. I hoped there was a social statement of some type there when a cat died, but after reading every interview with Miranda I could find after this came out- there wasn't. It was just a matter-of-fact story about a very foolish girl who is influenced to the point of no return by the loose morals in today's society. Normally I keep all my movies, but this one I resold at a loss, because i knew i wouldn't watch it again.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars 91 minutes of my life that I will never get back December 23, 2012
Format:DVD
Horrible acting + horrible, unsympathetic characters + horrible message = Horrible film. This movie tries way too hard to deliver a meaningful message about meaninglessness.
Animal lovers be doubly warned. You will probably want to exact bodily harm upon the makers of this film upon viewing.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Futility February 18, 2013
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This movie left me with a feeling of utter and complete futility. If this was the point of the film, it was a roaring success. It certainly is not the kind of thing I would have chosen to watch, had I known.
Spoiler Alert:
The cat dies one day before they finally get around to picking him up... one day too late, due to their aimless, self-absorbed, meandering, meaningless, empty "activities."
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not a movie for the general audience November 13, 2013
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Anyone skilled in statistics will notice the bimodal distribution of reviews on this movie.

It is most expressly NOT a movie for people that need happy endings, or have trouble understanding symbolism. MOST of the movie does not take place in "reality." Pretty much the only "reality" exists at the beginning before Hamish stops time and at the end after he turns the tide and restarts time. Everything is a symbol for generation X/Y's lost souls.

If you can't tease apart the fact that the conversations are simply shorthand symbolism for people's secret feelings about themselves and inner thoughts during romantic interactions, then you will simply not get it.
Yes, Miranda's character is paralyzed with fear, lost at sea and morally bankrupt. That's an allegory for women in my generation. Yes, Hamish's character is an unstable wimp unable to really make a place for himself in a world that doesn't seem to need him. That's an allegory for men in my generation. Get with it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Pretentious Claptrap! June 14, 2013
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I'm a big fan of independent cinema but I can't recall in 60 years of movie-going when I've been so glad to see a film end! Think of the most boring, self absorbed people you've ever encountered in your life and they will be surpassed by these three main characters. The whole thing is quite simply insufferable! The great Roger Ebert said of Vincent Gallo's "The Brown Bunny" that he would rather watch his own colonoscopy that sit through that disaster again. That's the same way I feel about "The Future"!
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14 of 19 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars mislead by description should have read reviews September 16, 2012
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The description of the movie should read something like: Two selfish 30 somethings decide they hate themselves and their life choices. Instead of following through with their obligations they decide to quit their lives and others suffer for their indulgence.

I truely felt mislead by the description for this movie. I am all for art house movies since they are usually the movies that change the business but this movie was just slow and plodding with characters I hoped would just hang themselves by the end but the only character to die was the only one worth saving.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars "The Future?" April 20, 2013
By Deetie
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This movie is listed under "Comedy" and I saw nothing funny in it at all. I did not "get" this movie, perhaps that I why I don't like it. I saw two narcissistic people deciding to do whatever they pleased after adopting a sick cat and learning that they couldn't have it for a month.

The man does a little better than the woman, but not by much. I would liked to have known it was and "indie" film, since I tend to avoid those.

I would've rated it 2 stars, but for the ending, but I suppose the ending was really the point of the movie.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Almost fell asleep. September 17, 2012
By Mike
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I wanted to punch everyone in this movie in the face: The main characters, all the extras, paw-paw, and I guess shirt-shirt as well. At times I was confused as to who the male/female main character was, as they had same haircut and body frame. From watching the trailer I had somewhat higher expectations, things could have been more interesting, but they just drag on, and on, and on. I vision Miranda July and Hamish Linklater working at Starbucks, not in theatrics.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Chill To Watch a Film that finds meaning in random...
I watched this movie by myself when I was really hung over and depressed and I loved it. I remember seeing her first movie when I was in high school and I think I probably used the... Read more
Published 4 days ago by Ryan R.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Loved it!
Published 24 days ago by Kathyrn McMurry
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Yet Sad Film
This is a stunning film. It is certainly not a comedy though there are funny moments. The story revolves around human relationships and our vulnerabilities as individuals who... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars Matter of Taste
Boring and pretentious, not worth your time. I read some of her writing and watched The Future for a course I took last semester. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jonathan Hinson
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
It was okay.
Published 2 months ago by Keisha Harris
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Was not so enamored as I was by her amazing short story collection. I wish she would write more!
Published 2 months ago by Collette Funkhauser
2.0 out of 5 stars another example of more effeminate culture for the guilty white
another example of
more effeminate culture for the guilty white nation
Published 3 months ago by Richard H.
1.0 out of 5 stars THE pAsT
I WATCHED me you and everyone we know AND THOUGHT IT PRETENDINGABLE RUBBBBISH.
SO I BOUGHT THIS FOR 2ND CHANCE TIME & HALF.
IT'S BETTER.
IT'S WORSE. Read more
Published 7 months ago by gcd
5.0 out of 5 stars Melancholic self portrait
Beautiful and sad, The Future is a reflection in a dirty old mirror, an heirloom passed down through your family, warped with age and heavy with responsibility. Read more
Published 7 months ago by David
5.0 out of 5 stars Quirky, real film about relationships.
A really refreshing film that I continued to think about long after it was over. Funny and whimsical, but doesn't shy away from probing the difficulties of relationships.
Published 8 months ago by C Gunn-Graffy
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