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The Future 2011 R CC

(86) IMDb 6.2/10
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When a couple decides to adopt a stray cat, their perspective on life changes radically, altering the course of time and space and testing their faith in each other and themselves.

Starring:
Hamish Linklater, Miranda July
Runtime:
1 hour, 31 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Science Fiction, Drama, Comedy
Director Miranda July
Starring Hamish Linklater, Miranda July
Supporting actors David Warshofsky, Isabella Acres, Joe Putterlik, Angela Trimbur, Mary Passeri, Ella, Kathleen Gati, Clement von Franckenstein, Tonita Castro, D.A. Sandoval, Mark Atteberry, Frank Langley, Erinn K. Williams, Oona Mekas, Ryker Baloun, Olivia Thiering, Taylor Cosgrove Scofield, Sara Rodier
Studio Lionsgate
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 24 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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13 of 13 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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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
Format: DVD
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
Format: DVD
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
Format: DVD
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
Format: DVD
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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