Raves for Miranda July's THE FUTURE

What is the Sundance Film Festival’s “buzziest film (so far)”? Miranda July’s THE FUTURE, according to The Week.

These three rave reviews alone would seem to prove the point:

“Miranda July’s THE FUTURE is narrated by a stray cat that mid-thirties couple Sophie (July) and Jason (Hamish Linklater) take in, and like that fragile kitty, the movie feels like it needs your protection. July’s first film since the acclaimed 2005 indie ME AND YOU AND EVERYONE WE KNOW (which won the Camera d’Or at Cannes), it dares to indulge in moments that are both precious and unabashedly sincere — after all, this is a movie where July herself voices that stray cat (in a high-pitched, childish voice), who’s occasionally animated by halting puppetry. And yet, a funny thing happens as the initially innocuous THE FUTURE gets darker and darker: Suddenly, the movie wearing its heart on its sleeve has reached up that sleeve to pull out a whole bunch of affecting, unnerving tricks. Thus far, it’s the film of the festival. … With this sophomore effort, July has proven herself one of cinema’s most vital voices.” – Kyle Buchanan, New York magazine

“July, of course, is a gifted visual artist, performance artist and short-story writer who earned justified acclaim in those fields before turning to film, and turned back to them after. But her films are not merely visual arts pieces with dialogue, performance-art pieces on celluloid steroids or short stories on the big screen; there are scenes here that burst with the full potential of cinema, and the entire film succeeds as a single story about the terrifying possibilities of life, the uncertainty of love and the certainty of the passage of time. July’s film is both accessible—it’s loaded with laugh-out-loud lines and winning moments—and cryptic—there are tangled timelines, bizarre moments of movement and unexplained symbols—but it is undeniably hers, and unmistakably the kind of idiosyncratic, individual and independent film Sundance was meant to, and should, support.” — James Rocchi, The Playlist/IndieWIRE

“July’s self-consciously oddball sensibility is indeed present in THE FUTURE …; the first thing you hear is a nasal narrator whispering non sequiturs, which turns out to be a kitty cat with a mangled paw. (Where did I put that insulin shot?) Then a curious thing starts to happen: Her nerd-chic pose slowly recedes into the background. A sense of darkness creeps into the proceedings. Weirdness still reigns supreme (before the credits roll, someone will perform a dance in a stretchy yellow shirt named “Shirty” and another character will have a conversation with the moon). But the filmmaker now infuses her quirkiness with sorrow and beauty. I have been converted. It’s one of the best things I’ve ever seen in Park City. Movies like THE FUTURE are the reason I go to Sundance.” – David Fear, Time Out Chicago

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