Last Thursday, I was invited to a Fox Searchlight screening for the film Another Earth directed by Mike Cahill who also wrote the film with Brit Marling (stars in the feature as Rhoda Williams). I didn’t know too much about the film but I had read Manohla Dargis’s review in The New York Times calling it “a coming-of-adulthood story that improbably blends a plaintive drama with romantic longing and far-out science fiction.” Enough said, I was into it.
Have you ever wondered if there is a parallel universe that mirrors our Earth? What if you could meet another version of you from this parallel land? Very trippy thoughts, right?
On the evening of the discovery of a duplicate planet in the solar system, a drunken high school student with big dreams, Rhoda (played by Marling) gets into a tragic car accident with a composer, John Burroughs (William Mapother) and his family. John is left in a coma but his pregnant wife and son do not survive.
Four years later Rhoda is released from jail and takes a janitorial job at a local high school, while Burroughs has been wallowing in sadness and in a deep depression. She seeks John out to admit to her crime and ask for forgiveness but chickens out. Instead she poses as a maid service and eventually helps John recover. Their relationship later blossoms and Rhoda wins a contest to board a space shuttle to the other planet. She secretly hopes that the accident didn’t happened in the other Earth and that our worlds do not mirror one another.
I won’t give anymore away but damn it’s really good. The sci-fi aspect of the film isn’t too crazy. There aren’t any special effects or aliens. It’s a drama that examines the human condition and emotions with a sci-fi backstory. And Brit Marling is so good, she’s definitely going to be starring in many more movies to come.
I highly recommend you see this movie! Check out where to see Another Earth near you.