See The Future

I walked home from seeing The Future on a rainy Sunday and decided not to open my umbrella. I let myself get soaked to the bone and once I let myself go, I loved every minute of it. It seemed like a very Miranda July thing to do. July’s new film is original and fearless, and would recommend it to anyone with an inquisitive mind, a childlike innocence, and an appreciation for beautiful visuals. Oh, and it’s narrated by a cat. This is a screenshot of my favorite scene – after leaving her boyfriend to discover herself (she later confesses “I have a wild side”) she wraps herself in his Tshirt (which followed her to her new home):

July’s genius lies in the mood she creates — through beautiful lighting, quirky casting, clever styling, and ambient music by Jon Brion— and in this everyday world the viewer can understand the feeling of creating the extraordinary out of the ordinary, a desire to know the world in ways that cannot be realized, and the fact that that realization comes through connections with individuals. I love how often the heroes of her stories — the everyday folks who impart wisdom on the protagonists— are often children and the elderly. July as a middle-aged woman strides between the curiosity of a child and the wisdom of the elderly, casually and simply sharing their observances about the mysteries of the world. A common narrative in her works is the desire for people to receive a signal that they are appreciated… as seen in the “macaroni” scene in Me and You and Everyone We Know, and the screaming out the window scene in The Future. She is funny, deadpan, quirky, honest, fascinated, childish, wise, bold, creative; and while she may not be everyone’s cup of tea, she sure is mine.


The Future – official trailer

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