MIFF 2011: The Future

3 Aug

Review by Mia Robinson

Drama – 91 minutes

The Future is written and directed by Miranda July (Me and You and Everyone We Know).

Sophie (Miranda July) and her boyfriend of four years Jason (Hamish Linklater) make for a peculiar and likeable couple – each with their own quirks, their idiosyncrasies make them seem ideal for each other.  Living in a bit of a bubble, their comfortable routine lives change when they decide to adopt an old cat – Paw-Paw, who only has a few months to live.  They have one month until the arrival of Paw-Paw and decide to use that month as a catalyst to change their lives for the better.  They both quit their rudimentary jobs and attempt to become the “successful” people they had envisioned themselves as.

Scenes involving Sophie and Jason are intercut with scenes of Paw-Paw (who talks to the audience) waiting to be taken home with his new owners, and it becomes clear that their journeys are parallel.  The film is largely successful in using a mix of realism and magic-realism to express various ideas.  There are some amazing scenes that use magic-realism to play with and explore perceptions and experiences of time and space.  The story-line can be viewed as a bit confused about what it wanted to achieve, leaving the viewer a little unsure of what the film was really about, however, this does not in any way detract from the enjoyment of the film.

8 out of 10.

The Future is out through Madman Entertainment.

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