Owen Gleiberman
July 21, 2011 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Another Earth

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
runtime
92 minutes
Limited Release Date
07/22/11
performer
William Mapother, Brit Marling
director
Mike Cahill
distributor
Fox Searchlight Pictures
author
Mike Cahill
genre
Drama

We gave it a D

How on earth did this arty dud win the Alfred P. Sloan Prize at Sundance? It’s one of those stultifying aftermath-of-?a-car-crash movies, tracking the Epic Grief of a professor (William Mapother) who lost his wife and child as well as the Epic Guilt of the young woman (Brit Marling) who caused their deaths by drunkenly smashing into their car. The innovation is that Mike Cahill directs the movie in an off-center, minimalist mode (it’s all arid pauses) and throws in a cosmic subplot about a parallel Earth that hovers in the sky, a big vague metaphor for…you name it. D

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