92 minutes| U.S.A.| 2011| Colour| D-Cinema

Mike Cahill’s high-concept Indie movie fuses intimate emotion and cosmic sci-fi, its thought-provoking ideas refracted through an intense drama about regret and redemption. Rhoda Williams’ childhood dreams of becoming an astrophysicist are shattered when she causes a car accident that destroys a family and leaves musical composer John Burroughs (William Mapother) in a coma. After four years in prison, Rhoda (Brit Marling) takes a job as a school janitor and tries to come to terms with her past. But instead of wiping the slate clean, Rhoda ends up as the composer’s cleaner, and eventually his lover, without ever revealing who she really is.

As this risky relationship develops, a second Earth – a replica of our own which exists in a parallel time-dimension– appears in the sky. Rhoda enters an essay competition to win a flight to Earth 2, thinking that if she can’t live with herself here, might she be able to live with An Other Self there? (Notes by Nigel Floyd.)

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