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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 (80 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004Z29WAI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #35,706 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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Live your life fully.
Jon S. Wesick
I usually try not to spoil movies, but this one made me so annoyed, I feel I must warn others not to waste their time on it.
Christa
At least I like art films that have some coherence.
Dennis Milam

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. Thompson on November 13, 2013
Format: Amazon Instant Video
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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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jerrica Lee on 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 8 people found the following review helpful By Cheryll Waldrop on 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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14 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Luke Taggart on 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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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By M. Jennifer Spengler on January 18, 2013
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I consider myself an intelligent person with a quick-enough wit and an intellect with which to be reckoned. Well, I "reckon" I could be wrong... because I have ABSOLUTELY NO IDEA what the heck this movie is about. There are no spoilers here... because there's nothing to spoil. Pretty much nothing happens at all. I cannot stand it when too much liberty is used with altering time and space with no real purpose except to perpetuate drama. Am I to believe that these characters are sane people? And what is the DEAL with the CAT? I admit I had to google for reviews and explanations of this movie to figure out whether someone had slipped me a hit or two of acid or whether I'd actually just watched a movie that had no real timeline, story, OR SENSE. Looks like I was sober the whole time... and that's more than I can say for Miranda July. Maybe I would enjoy the movie if I had some of what she obviously was having... This movie is boring, confusing, and frustrating. I hated this movie to the point that I stopped it eight minutes before it ended. I know, I know... I put up with it only to stop it eight minutes early? Well... yes... and somehow, I know I didn't miss anything.
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26 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Spunk Monkey on December 17, 2011
Format: DVD
So, my girlfriend had been feeling depressed, lying in bed, seasonal affective, etc., so I suggested that we watch the Miranda July film for which you are reading the review. Based on Miranda's other film, I thought this one would cheer her up. "I heard it has a cat as the film's narrator!" I pitched to her. You see, she loves cats and I knew she'd want to get out of bed and watch the movie with me if I mentioned it had a cat. I thought the film would be funny and sweet and and uplifting in a quirky, darkly comic way...big mistake. Big big big mistake. So the cat is terminally ill, and it is injured, and it has had a terrible life of loneliness, and it is in a cage the whole film. All that cat wants in the entire world is to be loved. Every time the cat appeared, and talked about how lonely it was, and how it wanted to be loved, my girlfriend started to cry. Well guess what folks? The annoying, unsympathetic hipster main characters never pick the cat up from the shelter and it is KILLED. My girlfriend practically went into hysterics, the tears pouring down her face. Sound like a good time? Are you depressed and want to get pushed over the edge? Want to see a suffering cat get betrayed and die? Then watch these miserable characters and a sad lonely cat who dies for the sins of vacuous hipsters. My girlfriend is still crying in the next room as I write this and the movie has been over for about fifteen minutes. Thanks for a terrible, depressing, lonely loveless cat killing evening. Also, the two main characters have the same hairstyle and it is distracting.
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