A big hit at Sundance, Another Earth is an effective meditation on guilt and loss with a sci-fi twist that serves as a metaphor either literal or ambiguous, depending on your preference. A young woman shatters an accomplished composer’s life in a car accident, becomes lost in her guilt and slyly enters his life to disastrous results. The character pieces are quite effective and oftentimes tense thanks to handheld cameras and a nuanced performance from William Mapother (Ethan from Lost) as the grieving composer, but the sci-fi gimmick is ultimately distracting and could be viewed as an ambitious cop out to a story that presents situations to which there are no conclusions. Definitely overrated, but an easy watch. Pretty poster too.
Another Earth opens today at the Ritz East.
Author: Eric Bresler
Eric is the Founder/Site Editor of Cinedelphia.com whose additional activities are numerous: Director/Curator of the Philadelphia Mausoleum of Contemporary Art (PhilaMOCA), founder of Tokyo No Records, the brain behind Video Pirates, and active local film programmer including the Unknown Japan screening series. He’s served as a TLA Video Manager, Philadelphia Film Society Managing Director, and Adjunct Professor in Cinema Studies at Drexel University. He is shy and modest. Email Eric.