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Future, The (DVD Review)

24 Nov, 2011 By: Ashley Ratcliff

Street 11/29/11
Box Office $0.6 million
$27.98 DVD
Rated ‘R’ for some sexual content.
Stars Miranda July, Hamish Linklater, David Warshofsky, Isabella Acres, Joe Putterlik.

Two thirtysomethings are simply disenchanted with their lives. Sophie (Miranda July) is an offbeat dance instructor, and Jason (Hamish Linklater) is a bored tech support guy. They share a cramped apartment, where they go through the same routine each day. There’s no spontaneity, no zeal for life, no romance. Everything is pretty much blah.

To mix things up, the couple decides to adopt a shelter cat. They have one month to prepare to bring home the feline, who has a broken paw and other health issues. Thinking Paw-Paw will live only for about six months, the pair finds relief in the presumably temporary investment. But when the veterinarian explains that the cat could live for several years, if it develops a bond with them, Sophie and Jason begin to panic, thinking the cat will take precious time away from their future, more ambitious selves.

The Future takes a much-needed but unpredicted turn, as Sophie’s and Jason’s life shifts through time and space, after quitting their jobs leaves them with infinite time and opportunity to find themselves. This proves to be a detriment to their relationship.

Oh, and the cat talks, narrating its emotions and hopes and dreams for its future. The stray Paw-Paw is optimistic at the prospect of having a home and caretakers. This aspect of The Future is just one of many strange components that require more contemplation than a viewer has energy for.

Writer-director July, thankfully, offers insight into these random parts of the plot in a making-of featurette and audio commentary.

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