The Future begins one afternoon on a sofa. Sophie and Jason, a 30-something couple in Los Angeles, realize that in one month, their lives will change radically when they pick up a stray cat they’re adopting. Wanting to take advantage of their fleeting freedom, they quit their jobs, disconnect their Internet, and pursue new interests, all of which literally alter the course of time and space and test their faith in each other and themselves.
Miranda July’s work slips and slides whenever you try to pin it down. A truly original voice, she has an uncanny intuition for playful, figurative storytelling. The Future is narrated by a cat. One night Jason freezes time and talks with the moon. Sophie decides to settle with an older man in suburbia as if she were shopping for a potential future: trying it on to see if it fits. An exhilarating, funny, and wildly inventive second feature, The Future reflects a profound understanding of the existential fears that accompany relationships. –Sundance Film Festival
Miranda July is a filmmaker, artist, and writer. Her videos, performances, and web-based projects have been presented at sites such as the Museum of Modern Art, the Guggenheim Museum and in two Whitney Biennials. July wrote, directed and starred in her first feature-length film, Me and You and Everyone We Know(2005), which won a special jury prize at the Sundance Film Festival and the Camera d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival. Her fiction has appeared in The Paris Review, Harper’s, and The New Yorker, and her collection of stories, No One Belongs Here More Than You, (Scribner, 2007) won the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award. In 2002 July created the participatory website, learningtoloveyoumore, with artist Harrell Fletcher, and a companion book was published in 2007 (Prestel). Eleven Heavy Things, an interactive sculpture garden she designed for the 2009 Venice Biennale, is on view in Union Square in New York for the summer of 2010. Raised in Berkeley, California, she currently… read more
i just rewatched it and it turns out i totally misjudged it first time round, im sorry, it really is an amazing film
i like her unique perspective, but i think she needs to learn a better way to get her ideas and emotions across so they are more impressive. her message didn't leave a mark, but it washed over me like a light mist. i suppose apathy isn't supposed to be STRONG, but somehow it wasn't a touching apathy. she's a new artist, so i can see she is learning how to master her craft. she's shown progress since her last film.
Oh, well, I thought it was better than Me and You and Everyone We Know. I find something quite inspiring about Miranda July. She seems so intent on exploring life in a different way than most of us do. I find her to be an impressive contribution to film. The Future is magnificent, melancholy and original. I can't wait to see more from her.
Arguably the strangest study of artistic and parental anxiety since Eraserhead.
"Miranda July's new feature The Future revolves around a talking cat, a precocious little girl, a single father, a wise old man, and a hipster
“The Future is, ironically enough, about the present and the longing for the future, rather than the future itself. One line that you’ll find in the trailer is when an old man tells Jason (played by… read review