The Loneliest Planet directed and written by Julia Loktev is going to have a theatrical release in the country on October 26th 2012. This 2011 thriller film revolves around the story of a local guide, Dato (Bidzina Gujabidze) who takes a young couple Alex and Nica (played by Gael Garcia Bernal and Hani Furstenberg ) on a different kind of backpacking trip across the Georgian Wilderness.
The Loneliest Planet premiered at the 2011 Locarno International Film Festival and after that in the Toronto International Film Festival , New York Film Festival and so on. After IFC Films acquired the rights to distribute the film in North America, it is now going to be enjoyed by movie fans in the United States. Here is a movie review on The Loneliest Planet showing in theatres on Friday.
“The Loneliest Planet Movie Review
LOCARNO — A very old story is updated to the trans-globalized 21st century in The Loneliest Planet, the slow-burning, distinctive second feature from Russian-born, Colorado-raised writer/directorJulia Loktev following 2006′s well-received Day Night Day Night. Widely regarded as one of the more notable films in a generally underwhelming Locarno competition, the Caucasus-set three-hander, while quite demanding festival fare, has some limited commercial prospects thanks to the presence of Mexico’s international art-house heartthrob Gael Garcia Bernal in one of the small handful of speaking parts. Not that there’s very much dialogue in this steadily taxing analysis of a relationship imperilled by communication breakdowns.
Loosely inspired by Ernest Hemingway’s 1936 short story The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber, itself inspired by an actual incident in pre-World War 2 Africa, and filmed with Gregory Peck in 1947, Tim Bissell’s tale Expensive Trips Nowhere forms the basis of Loktev’s script (with some crucial alterations.) Each of these narratives involves a couple from North America venturing into an impoverished but scenic corner of the globe, where they hire a local to act as their guide. The male half of the couple reveals his essential cowardice in a crisis situation, after which his lover ends up in the guide’s arms.
Here we follow the presumably Mexican Alex (Garcia Bernal) and flame-haired Nica (Israel-based American Hani Furstenberg) on a trip around the ex-Soviet republic of Georgia a few months before their impending wedding. Their gruffly friendly guide Dato (Bidzina Gujabidze) navigates the trio around some varied, extremely beautiful terrain, vast expanses almost devoid of animals or people, with occasional decayed evidence of Soviet-era architectural horrors.
There are various minor culture clashes along the way, but the trip is largely an enjoyable one until a chance encounter with a trio of peasants, one of them casually carrying an automatic weapon across his shoulders. The consequences of this event, which comes just before half-way through the running time, reverberate through all that follows: largely wordless sequences in which Alex very slowly tries to win his way back into the shell-shocked Nica’s affections. Loktev and her co-editor Michael build this second half around a series of awkward silences, interrupted at regular intervals by Richard Skelton’s surging orchestral score.”
The rest of the review can be read at Hollywood Reporter
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