The Future

August 12th, 2011







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Plot
When a couple decides to adopt a stray cat their perspective on life changes radically, literally altering the course of time and space and testing their faith in each other and themselves.

Release Year: 2011

Rating: 6.1/10 (2,668 voted)

Critic's Score: 67/100

Director: Miranda July

Stars: Miranda July, Hamish Linklater, David Warshofsky

Storyline
When a couple decides to adopt a stray cat their perspective on life changes radically, literally altering the course of time and space and testing their faith in each other and themselves.

Cast:
Miranda July - Sophie / Voice of Paw-Paw
Hamish Linklater - Jason
David Warshofsky - Marshall
Isabella Acres - Gabriella
Joe Putterlik - Joe
Angela Trimbur - Dance Studio Receptionist
Mary Passeri - Animal Shelter Receptionist
Kathleen Gati - Dr. Straus
Clement von Franckenstein - Alain First Solicitation
Tonita Castro - Second Solicitation
D.A. Sandoval - Neighbor Woman (as Diana Sandoval)
Mark Atteberry - Tree by Tree Canvasser
Frank Langley - T-Shirt Puppeteer
Erinn K. Williams - Tammy
Oona Mekas - Sasha



Details

Official Website: Official Blog | Official Facebook |

Release Date: 12 August 2011

Filming Locations: Los Angeles, California, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $1,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $27,137 (USA) (31 July 2011) (1 Screen)

Gross: $568,366 (USA) (11 December 2011)



Technical Specs

Runtime: Germany:



User Review

Flash of Light

Rating: 7/10

Greetings again from the darkness. Thanks to her 2005 debut film ME AND YOU AND EVERYONE WE KNOW, I became a fan of Miranda July. Unfortunately that means reading a few of her short stories and waiting six years for her second film. There is no rushing creative genius, and there is certainly no obvious goal for capitalistic gains. With her second film, it appears she will somehow generate even fewer viewers, despite being a festival favorite.

The movie is bookended by the narration of Paw-Paw, an injured cat waiting to be adopted by Sophie (Miranda July) and Jason (Hamish Linklater). In the cat's voice we hear the hope of a new life - one that includes love and security. Things aren't quite the same from the perspective of our two heroes.

Sophie and Hamish are in many ways a typical couple. They sometimes speak their own language and when things are going good, they believe they can conquer all. However, hitting a bump means much doubt and and an avalanche of self-defeatist attitudes. The latest bump is the belief that adopting this cat will suck the freedom right out of their daily lives ... in fact, they discuss the fact that because of their age (35), life and dreams are basically over. So, with 30 days til adoption, they seek to live life to the fullest. You know, before it's all over.

They both quit the jobs that have evidently been the burden keeping them from greater purpose. Jason works from home as an IT Help Desk agent and Sophie is the absolute worst dance instructor for kids in existence. Jason tries to find meaning by selling trees to save the environment. Sophie decides to make youtube videos - 30 Dances in 30 Days, but with such mounting pressure, ends up under the bed covers before even one video is complete.

These two remind me of 8 year olds with advanced vocabularies. Somehow they think society or the universe owes them something and just by dreaming big, their lives will be complete. They each believe they have special powers: Sophie can move things with her mind (not really) and Jason can stop time (not sure). We see Jason fall under the spell of the most interesting character in the film - an octogenarian played by Joe Putterlik. We see Sophie fall into bed with Marshall (David Warshofsky), a 50ish single dad living in the suburbs.

So here is some of what the film offers us: a slacker couple in a rundown apartment, same couple overwhelmed by the burden of adopting a cat, a crawling security blanket (t-shirt) that stalks its owner, a narrating cat, an empty affair with a mis-matched couple, an old man philosopher and his dirty-talk greeting cards, a discussion with the moon (yes, the moon), a young girl (wonderful Isabella Acres) who buries herself in the backyard with the approval of her dad, and (twice) the terrific Peggy Lee song "Where or When".

Ms. July is a fabulous observer of life and people and personalities. She seems to understand doubt, dreams and carries an interest in what time lapse really means for us. Her manner of making these points and sharing her insight is quite off-beat from what we typically see in movies. I believe that makes it more important that she continue to produce her works. Unlike what I will say about her character in this film, The Future looks awfully bright for Miranda July.









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