The Future

Overview

A young Los Angeles couple takes a month off from reality in anticipation of adopting a stray cat in this idiosyncratic drama from writer/director Miranda July. In 30 days, Sophie and Jason will be the proud owners of a homeless cat named Paw Paw. Realizing that their lives will never be the same once the new addition arrives in their cramped inner-city apartment, the anxious young couple decides to quit their jobs, give up the Internet, and explore the vast array of options that life has to offer. As Jason ...
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Overview

A young Los Angeles couple takes a month off from reality in anticipation of adopting a stray cat in this idiosyncratic drama from writer/director Miranda July. In 30 days, Sophie and Jason will be the proud owners of a homeless cat named Paw Paw. Realizing that their lives will never be the same once the new addition arrives in their cramped inner-city apartment, the anxious young couple decides to quit their jobs, give up the Internet, and explore the vast array of options that life has to offer. As Jason brings time to a standstill for a stroll on the moon, Sophie ponders the prospect of turning her back on the city for a future in the suburbs. Meanwhile, in order to find their way back home, Sophie and Jason must finally learn to become one with their own souls.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Audio commentary with writer/director/star Miranda July; "Making The Future" ; Behind-the-scenes featurette; Deleted scene; Theatrical trailer
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
Writer/director/performance artist Miranda July is certainly quirky, but her quirks seem to be totally heartfelt and without calculation -- or at least if they are calculated, she's enjoying them as much as she hopes her audience will. Which is to say she's an artist who follows the central rule of creating art -- please yourself first. The Future, her second feature film, finds the award-winning hyphenate exploring the anxiety and stress that we all feel about, well, the future. She plays Sophie, a thirtysomething children's dance instructor happily cohabitating with Jason Hamish Linklater, an at-home call-center operator. In a month they plan to adopt Paw-Paw, an injured stray cat at a local shelter, after the vet there says the animal is healthy enough to leave. The duo, realizing that in 30 days they will commit their lives to another living thing, decide to seize the day and follow their dreams before it's too late to do so. For the seemingly shy Sophie that means creating 30 dances in 30 days for YouTube, and for Jason, that means quitting his job and going door to door for an environmental charity. But what they do turns out to be less important than who they meet. Jason befriends an old man who writes dirty poems about his beloved, while an artistically blocked Sophie calls a stranger who Jason bought a picture from while they were at the animal shelter -- prompting an unexpected affair between the two. That description makes The Future sound far more conventional than it is -- after all this is a movie narrated by a deep-thinking cat that's awaiting adoption. Everybody in the film behaves in ways that could charitably be called "odd," but that works because July isn't as interested in creating a straightforward narrative as she is in constructing a formalist examination of time, love, and death -- meaning the characters make choices and respond to each other in ways that make total sense within the film's logic. If you don't connect to July's wavelength, Sophie, Jason, and everyone they know will seem like aliens. However, not unlike a small-scale version of Terrence Malick's audience-polarizing Tree of Life, it's hard to argue that the movie's structure draws enough parallels between the various themes and characters that it's possible to be moved by it. For all the indecipherable timelines, children buried up to their heads, philosophical felines, and silly wordplay, the emotional core of the movie is in the recurring use of Peggy Lee crooning the Rodgers & Hart classic "Where or When." As the tune plays for the final time -- over a concluding scene that leaves the future of the main couple very much in the air -- it provides a subtle clue as to how the director feels about what the characters have gone through. Namely, July is making the point that while the future is unknowable, there will always be love. It's a moral that dovetails beautifully with the movie's tender, vulnerable tone.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/29/2011
  • UPC: 031398145875
  • Original Release: 2011
  • Rating:

  • Source: Lions Gate
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Subtitled
  • Sound: Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound
  • Time: 1:31:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 7,621

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Hamish Linklater Jason
Miranda July Sophie
David Warshofsky Marshall
Isabella Acres Gabriella
Joe Putterlik Joe, The Moon
Technical Credits
Miranda July Director, Screenwriter
Nicole Abellera Casting
Aaron Beckum Associate Producer
Andrew D. Bird Editor
Jon Brion Score Composer
Nikolai Von Graevenitz Cinematographer
Rainer Heesch Sound/Sound Designer
Elliott Hostetter Production Designer
Gina Kwon Producer
Jeanne McCarthy Casting
Gerhard Meixner Producer
Roman Paul Producer
Mary Prendergast Associate Producer
Sue Bruce Smith Executive Producer
Rod Smith Associate Producer
Chris Stinson Co-producer
Patrick Veigel Sound Mixer
Christie Wittenborn Costumes/Costume Designer
Margaret Yen Musical Direction/Supervision
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Menu

Disc #1 -- The Future
   Play Movie
   Special Features
      Commentary With Writer, Director and Star Miranda July: On
      Commentary With Writer, Director and Star Miranda July: Off
      Making The Future
      Deleted Scene
      Theatrical Trailer
      Also From Lionsgate
   Set up
      Audio: 5.1 Dolby Digital
      Subtitles: English
      Subtitles: Spanish
      Subtitles: None
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