Miranda July’s 2011 sophomore directorial effort is a brilliant gem of indie cinema that most people seem to brush over. I must admit as I watched The Future I felt rather perplexed, uncomfortable, and bored at times, but as the film came to a completion I truly felt sadness and realized I wasn’t prepare for it to end. July has accomplished her goal, having made an entire film about the limitations of time and the anxiety it inflicts upon human beings, there I was worried by the fact that 90 minute film was ending.
The Future is something drastically different from anything you’ve ever experienced and its spellbinding for that vey reason. Its set up this story as your typical indie quirky romance story and then it doesn’t necessarily spin the concept on its head, but rather expands to a point that blows the brains out of the concept and leaves the limitations of the head behind, settling for an exploration of the great expanse that is the cosmos beyond it. Miranda July’s work is truly brilliant, as she addresses time and emotions as they are, abstract. She engages in defining the abstract by being equally non-concrete as she plants some brilliant scenes throughout the film where some characters and things occur that are just insane but deliver their essence in such a perfect way. I don’t want to spoil anything that occurs in this movie because its best you just let it wash over you, but there a conversation Jason (Linklater) has with something unusual that is just full of wonder that exemplifies the wildly intelligent imagination that navigates July’s mind.
Miranda July not only directed this film with her off-kilter talent, but also acts in it. What’s weird about not only her acting, but everyone else’s in the film is just how it matches the eccentric nature of the film itself. That special attraction between the actors and the story is tangible in their performances to a point where it doesn’t feel like they’re acting at all, but rather being guided by the circumstances that occur in the story as it moves along.
I cannot stress how full of wonder, creativeness, and brilliance this film is. The Future is a true indie gem, a hidden treasure that offers an unexpected reward to the viewer. Miranda July’s direction of the film as a whole offers an odd sense of beauty as she manages to pull of some really weird stuff so perfectly. Not only does she do that, but July also drops clever commentary on the limits of time, whether they’re important or just inevitable, what being in a relationship really means, our significance in the midst of the universe, and what it feels to be haunted by remembrance. The Future is a work of abstract beauty and a film like no other, something truly fantastic everyone should watch, especially if you ever feel stressed out by the constraints of time.