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Another Earth

Another Earth
Saturday August 20th, 2011

After serving 4 years in prison for vehicular homicide, young Rhoda Williams (Brit Marling) decides to reach out to the man whose family perished in a collision with the car she was driving. What she finds is a man twisted by grief into an angry recluse (William Mapother).

Undaunted she conceals her identity and gains access into his self-imposed prison.

For Rhoda this is a project to restore a lost life and find some redemption for herself in the process.

Marling and Mapother are excellent in Mike Cahill's unconventional indie sci fi film Another Earth and the random collision that wrecks Rhoda's once promising future is but a prelude to the much larger collision that is facing the entire planet. The sci fi element of the film involves a duplicate, blue planet that suddenly appears in the skies; is inhabited by doppelgangers of everyone on Earth and is on a collision course with our weary world. But this isn't When Worlds Collide. This is no doomsday story, on the contrary, the effect here is metaphysical. It's as if some invisible hand were holding up a mirror for us to see what a mess we've made of everything.