Director: Miranda July
Starring: Miranda July, Hamish Linklater, David Warshofsky
Duration: 91 min.
When Sophie and Jason decide to adopt a stray cat, their perspective on life changes radically, literally altering the course of time and space and testing their faith in each other and themselves.
The Future is a film written by, directed, and starring Miranda July. It premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival.
July's second effort is about a thirty-something LA couple, Miranda July and Hamish Linklater, who decide to adopt a dying cat to give themselves some meaning to their aimless existences. In an interesting creative twist, it's narrated by said cat, named Paw-Paw (July putting on a high pitched voice), who has a few scattered moments of smartly written insight, and is the most sympathetic character in the film. However, the tedious story, unlikeable and uninteresting characters, and far too quirky plot devices, only lead to a tiresome and annoying viewing experience.
I'm sure there is a profound message to be found in The Future, and I applaud the fact that she has the ambition and opportunity to make films with an uncompromising vision, but she's made this one exceedingly difficult for me to care about or bother trying to figure out.
— Bonjour Tristesse