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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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  • 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 (86 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004Z29WAI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #66,891 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Future" on IMDb

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By J. Thompson on 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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 12, 2014
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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 choose to trust and love other people. Time also plays a key role in the film; the writer asks would you rather stop time to avoid loss (yet still suffer and cause irreparable damage) or allow the world to move on in a different direction than you planned/wanted. It's nothing like her other film; the plot is much more linear and traditional.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Robert M. Hall on December 16, 2011
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This is an intimate, absorbing, exasperating, and ultimately rewarding film, full of unexpected moments and delicate whimsy; but it also can seem dark, eerie, and even heartbreaking. This is not a movie for everyone. It is a strongly independent film from a unique and gifted woman with vision and drive to spare. And even though I think it deserves my highest appreciation, I cannot say to everyone who may read this that I recommend it unreservedly to you. There are more "cold pricklies" in this film than "warm fuzzies". It has a resonance that may not be all that comfortable. If you plan to watch it, I recommend seeing it through the first time with a sense of maintained distance -- getting too involved has led others to dismiss it as fraudulent and manipulative, with a feeling of having been cheated. Still others react to the impressionistic, sometimes surreal style and images as pretentious claptrap. But see how you react. Then, after assessing your own feelings about it for awhile, watch it again with her commentary, and see if your opinions have altered somewhat. As for me, I am grateful that independent visionaries like Miranda July have the courage and guts to overcome the overwhelming financial odds, and somehow manage to put their vision on film, even if that vision is more moonlight dark than sunlight bright.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By C. L. Messina on January 9, 2012
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Quirky, non-linear, surreal, modern, thought-provoking, surprising. Great acting, fabulous score, quite an achievement on such a limited budget. Never knew such artistic creatures such as Miranda actually exist, much less here in the common-denominator of countries where any new artistic idea is like a terrorist threat. "It didn't look like it was made by a major studio- Quick! Call the mediocrity squad!"

Now a note to the haters: Where's YOUR film, eh? You like to trash art like you really know what you're talking about. What contribution to the field have YOU made? Where is it? When was it distributed? Can I hear the soundtrack?

And let's just say you could make a film, who would you copy? Do you think you could rate more than a hack? Do you think you could actually surprise anyone?

Sorry, just sick of so many 'critics' in the world who are quick to tear down but not bring anything to the table other than a very average uniformed and uninspired opinion. Don't we have enough of that? And what does it add to anyone's life?
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19 of 27 people found the following review helpful By booklover on August 30, 2011
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Miranda July's new film is a fascinating, eerie, unsettling film that does not please those viewers who like a straightforward plot line, a clearly recognizable happy ending, and an uplifting, 'moral' message. It addresses the inner insecurities that play such a major role in our life, in our relationship, and in the way we look at reality. I saw the film in a movie theater with a friend and we loved it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 11, 2013
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I appreciate that this film is creative and takes chances. The scenes with the cat were very clever and original, I would love to have an edited movie of the few minutes of the cat speaking to the viewer. The movie overall seemed to open plot threads that were never taken to any type of completion and that seemed thrown in: the part about time for instance ( I am being vague so as not to spoil it). Bottom line, I was happy when it ended, and I only watched all of it to hear what the cat would say next.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Cuthbert J. Twiddle on 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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