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797 Ratings

The Loneliest Planet

Directed by Julia Loktev
United States, Germany, 2011


Backpacking in the Caucasus Mountains, walking for hours, an engaged couple and their tour guide trade anecdotes and play games to pass the time, until a momentary misstep, that takes only two or three seconds, changes everything.

Our take

With its languid cinematography, Julia Loktev’s mesmerizing second feature takes us on a zig-zagging journey with a couple—played by Gael García Bernal and Hani Furstenberg—who have to suddenly confront the limits of what defines human relationships. What is left unsaid can be far more powerful.

The Loneliest Planet Directed by Julia Loktev
With this opening image, writer-director Julia Loktev sets up her extraordinary second fiction feature in two ways: She announces an intention to explore sex and gender murkiness and warns that this is a film to watch carefully, one that demands distraction-free contemplation.
October 24, 2012
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Loktev’s staging of the crucial moment is expert; her look at the aftermath is poignant and nuanced, culminating in a nocturnal sequence that condenses a world of bitter and incommensurable experience into a single shot.
October 03, 2011
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What The Loneliest Planet is, first and foremost, is the sharpest account of what it means to be an educated, disillusioned young American made thus far in the 21st century.
September 30, 2011
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