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Another Earth 

A contemplative indie drama about altering one's life

click to enlarge The view from Earth: Earth2
  • The view from Earth: Earth2

On the night of her high school graduation, Rhoda (Brit Marling) causes a terrible auto accident. Four years later, Rhoda is released from jail, and under the guise of being a housecleaner, she begins a relationship with a depressed composer named John (William Mapother), whose family died in the accident. The re-building of these two damaged souls forms the emotional core of Mike Chaill's pensive indie Another Earth.

Literally looming over it all is Earth2, a recently discovered identical planet that is rapidly growing closer. What of our duplicates on Earth2, who may or may not be the same people? How might reality be altered when the two Earths can interact? Rhoda, once bound for MIT, enters an essay contest to win a trip to Earth2.

Another Earth is not a science-fiction film, and certain plot points may bedevil those who desire strict logic. Instead, it uses aspects of speculative science both metaphorically and as a plot device -- the proximity of Earth2 is the cause and the hopeful solution of Rhoda's troubles.

Cahill, who co-wrote the script with Marling, packs a lot of ideas into his low-budget film, and even working on the cheap, delivers a grainy, moody vibe that invites contemplation. Starts Fri., Aug. 19. AMC Loews

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