In the opening scene of this low-budget, pretentious, and arthouse version of a mind-blower, graduating high-schooler Rhoda caps a night of partying by drunkenly plowing her car into a family. By the time she's released from prison four years later, a planet that looks exactly like Earth has surfaced in the sky. She also begins a relationship with the only survivor of the accident: a music professor who's now a drunken mess. Despite its mind-blowing premise, Another Earth is a quiet, reflective personal drama wrapped in the hue of a sci-fi parable. In fact, the movie's otherworldly shadings are almost a subplot to the philosophical ramblings. For a movie filled with so much implausibility, Another Earth takes itself way too seriously.
Director: Mike Cahill
Writer: Mike Cahill and Brit Marling
Cast: William Mapother, Brit Marling, Ana Kayne, Meggan Lennon, Diane Ciesla, Niecy Cerise and Matthew-Lee Erlbach