The Future


(out of 5)

It all starts quite simply, with a happily paired couple deciding to adopt an ill cat, one they can pick up in a month from the animal shelter arranging its adoption.  Realizing that taking care of the critter will be a twenty-four-seven job, the pair come to the conclusion that, as they are in their mid-thirties, they will probably be saddled with this responsibility for five years, and forty is the new fifty so, in essence, their life is over.  This means that they have a month between now and when they have to pick up the cat to really live their lives, which results in  quitting his job and going door to door to raise environmental awareness, while  (who also directs) quits hers and strikes up an affair with the father of a little girl that her boyfriend meets at the animal adoption clinic.  For a film that threatens to overdose on the quirky aspects of its characters, it does spend a surprising amount of time not being irritating, particularly given how accessibly funny Linklater is and how well-paced and brisk the whole thing is.  Audiences will be caught in the middle with July’s opaque personality, however, for while her recording her groundbreaking dance moves on webcam is hysterically funny, at times her stymied facial expressions and monotoned delivery really threaten to exasperate…and then there is the kitty narration.  A gravelly voice sounding like Bjork on helium gives a superfluous point of view that puts the film in a cute category that is just impossible to deal with, but it’s still a less irritating film than July’s debut.

GNK Productions, Haut et Court, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, Razor Film Produktion GmbH, The Match Factory

Germany/USA, 2011

Directed by

Screenplay by Miranda July

Cinematography by

Produced by , ,

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

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