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Another Earth

Official Selection - Sundance Film Festival 2011

One day another Earth appeared in the sky. And on that day, a drunk teen girl named Rhoda (Brit Marling) drove her car into another, killing the family of a composer named John Burroughs (William Mapother). As the world tried to figure out the meaning of the duplicate Earth hovering in the sky above, Rhoda went off to jail for a few years. John Burroughs, who was unconscious after the accident, never learned the name of and never saw the girl who killed his family because she was a minor. That's the beginning of "Another Earth," a decidedly indie film that manages to deal with both the personally tragic and eerily fantastic at the same time. The fascinating screenplay was written by young star Marling along with first-time narrative director Mike Cahill, and the result is a qualified triumph. After getting out of jail, the extremely bright Rhoda passes on college and lands a job as a school janitor. And then she connects with a drunken John Burroughs, still crippled by grief. Posing as a cleaning service employee, she straightens his dump of a house, and then his dump of a life as he remains oblivious to her true identity. Meanwhile, it turns out that everyone on this Earth has a twin counterpart on the other Earth. How close does life here resemble life there? Rhoda wants to know if the other Rhoda's life is the same wreck as hers. Marling may or may not be a star-in-waiting, but she's certainly a talent and an actress. And Mapother ("Lost") brings a solid veteran presence to a film that could easily go out of control. The result is an alluring image — Earth above Earth — a wrenching story and a wonder-tinged film. From Tom Long, The Detroit News Official Trailer

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Directed by: 
Mike Cahill
Running Time: 
Brit Marling, William Mapother, Matthew-Lee Erlbach
Screenplay by: 
Brit Marling, Mike Cahill

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