Another Earth (2011)
This interpersonal drama with a fascinating, philosophical science fiction backdrop is the first film from exciting new filmmaking duo Mike Cahill and Brit Marling. It is about how a college-bound teenage girl and a music professor and family man cross paths through a tragic accident, while the news reveal that an earthlike planet has been discovered approaching Earth. This original idea is turned into a breathtaking film in every respect, with a profound, thought-provoking message. Not only is the script remarkably well-written, but perhaps more impressive is how Cahill seamlessly weaves different genre parts together and fills different segments with alternating moods and undertones. We're lead along from the deepest of human tragedies to the boundlessness of exploring space and time, and back again via a beautiful portrait of forgiveness and goodness, and Cahill and Marling does it all with a grace and a naturalness that belies their age and experience. Every image in Another Earth is seething with tension and meaning, and that is truly a rare achievement.