The Future (2011)

The Future
Director: Miranda July
Writer: Miranda July
Cast: Miranda July, Hamish Linklater, David Warshofsky, Isabella Acres
Part of: Viennale

Sophie (Miranda July) and Jason (Hamish Linklater) are a couple in their thirties. Both are stuck in jobs that don’t really mean much to them, spend most of their time in the internet and don’t really have any responsibilities other than for themselves. But then they decide to adopt a stray cat, Paw-Paw (voice by Miranda July). It is hurt pretty bad, so it has to stay at the shelter for another month to heal up. A month, Sophie and Jason want to use to re-evaluate and re-arrange their lives.

The Future has its moments, but it also has a lot of quirky existentialism that just isn’t my cup of tea.

I went into the film with mixed feelings: I liked the idea that the cat told the story and that I’d heard that it got a little fantastical which is usually a good thing. But I also worried that it was a little too mumblecore-y  for my taste. And I was right on both counts: there were wonderful moments, but Sophie and Jason were the usual disconnected quirky hipsters that populate these things and that I just don’t connect with properly.

I did feel that their relationship and the way it develops was very realistic, but I couldn’t really identify with either of the characters. And I usually need that to enjoy a film.

Paw-Paw had great lines like “there is only alive or not alive or … bird!”, but towards the end it gets very mystic and metaphysical and I just wanted to roll my eyes at those bits. And Miranda July’s cat voice was really annoying.

The movie develops into a bit of a time travel plot/metaphor which I really enjoyed and at points it was really very funny.

Summarising: I was afraid I’d like it less but I hoped that it would be better.


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