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SPOILER: Seventeen year-old Rhoda Williams receives an acceptance letter from MIT and she celebrates with her friends. On the same night, a planet similar and close to Earth is discovered and called Earth 2. Rhoda drives her car looking at Earth 2 and crashes with composer John Burroughs, killing his pregnant wife and his baby son. Rhoda goes to prison and four years later she is released and moves to her parents' house. She finds a job as high-school janitor, but tries to commit suicide. She survives, however, and submits an essay to a contest where the prize is a ticket to travel to Earth 2. Meanwhile the scientists discover that Earth 2 is a mirror of Earth and the synchronicity between the dwellers was interrupted when the planets were seen by each other. One day, Rhoda decides to visit John Burroughs, whose life was destroyed after the death of his family, to admit to him that she had killed his family. However she does not have the nerve to tell him the truth. So she lies and ...Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
No mention is made of the effect that the vicinity of Earth 2 may have on Earth 1's gravity. A special effects scene was shot where Rhoda sees tree-blossom dancing in the air due to Earth 2's gravity pull, but the scene did not work and was deleted from the final print. See more »
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I saw this image when I was a kid. The photograph of Jupiter taken by NASAs Voyager. Beautiful. But nothing special until shown in rapid succession. Suddenly Jupiter was alive. Breathing. I was hypnotized.
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I don't consider this Sci-Fi. I won't criticize scientific and technical imperfections because they are nearly irrelevant in this small-budget undertaking. The "2nd earth" itself is just an allegorical device bearing upon "1st earth" conundrums. The pace is intentionally slow and deliberate, allowing plenty of time to chew on situations and alternatives. Brit Marling is marvelous as the beautiful, thoughtful protagonist who creates and dominates virtually every scene. This unassuming film will not change your life, but it poses some interesting questions (and possible answers) a viewer might want to consider. If you choose to watch, be patient and give it a chance.
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