Another Earth

October 12th, 2011


Another Earth

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On the night of the discovery of a duplicate planet in the solar system, an ambitious young student and an accomplished composer cross paths in a tragic accident.

Release Year: 2011

Rating: 7.0/10 (17,274 voted)

Critic's Score: 66/100

Director: Mike Cahill

Stars: Brit Marling, William Mapother, Matthew-Lee Erlbach

On the night of the discovery of a duplicate planet in the solar system, an ambitious young student and an accomplished composer cross paths in a tragic accident.

Writers: Brit Marling, Mike Cahill

William Mapother - John Burroughs
Brit Marling - Rhoda Williams
Matthew-Lee Erlbach - Alex
DJ Flava - Himself
Meggan Lennon - Maya Burroughs
AJ Diana - John's Son
Bruce Colbert - Symposium Speaker
Paul Mezey - Symposium Speaker
Ana Valle - Symposium Speaker
Jeffrey Goldenberg - Symposium Speaker
Joseph A. Bove - Symposium Speaker (as Joseph Bove)
Jordan Baker - Kim Williams
Flint Beverage - Robert Williams
Robin Taylor - Jeff Williams (as Robin Lord Taylor)
Rupert Reid - Keith Harding


Official Website: Fox Searchlight [United States] |

Release Date: 12 October 2011

Opening Weekend: $77,740 (USA) (24 July 2011) (4 Screens)

Gross: $1,316,074 (USA) (2 October 2011)

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Did You Know?

When Rhoda speaks with United Space Ventures CEO Keith Harding, Harding makes an off-beat comment that his headmaster once told him "you will either become a millionaire or go to jail". This is a reference to Richard Branson, who was told the same thing by his headmaster at school and also owns a pioneering civilian space travel company.

Factual errors: After the car accident, we see a hole in the windscreen and John's son laying a few meters away from the car wreck, suggesting the impact had caused him to be thrown through the windscreen onto the street. In a flashback later in the film, we can clearly see that John's son is wearing a seat belt immediately prior to impact, which would have prevented him from being thrown through the windscreen as a result of the accident.

Rhoda Williams: Maybe they're up there. Maybe not. Maybe.

User Review

Suspend disbelief, and love this movie

Rating: 9/10

I am a psychiatrist and psychotherapist who can tell a hawk from a handsaw, and there is a wonderful handsaw in this movie. So, I feel qualified to tell you it is safe to see this movie as it is, without worrying about details like gravity. Do not allow unimaginative naysayers to keep you from enjoying this gem. I mean, we all can enjoy vampire and zombie movies, right? Is any movie any better than "Let the Right One In"? I saw this movie last night in Brookline Mass at a Q&A preview, with director, writers, and an actor -- all combined in two lovely people. No one in our sophisticated audience that included a CETI scientist cared enough about the "laws of physics" problems to mention them in the question period. All we cared about were the endearing characters, the music both acoustic and visual, the plot developments, the shocking climaxes, the compelling emotional plausibility.

The movie is not about anything as terrestrial as gravity. In the world of this movie, something has happened to upset some kind of cosmic symmetry, and the other earth has appeared from a parallel universe. I do wish some character or other had dispelled the physics with "I don't know why our orbits are not affected". But, the metaphor works as a way to discuss looking at oneself. It really does not matter. The acting is perfect, the camera-work perfectly beautiful, the plot deeply affecting with wonderful surprises.


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