The Forgotten: Another Earth

If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you might remember that for a period last year I talked about a feature that was in the works: a comparison of Three Colours: Blue and Another Earth. I wrote quite a bit of it, but sadly (this is a story that’s pretty common these days) university got in the way, and by the time I returned to it, my inspiration had gone. Luckily though, I got the awesome opportunity to write a piece on Another Earth for An Online Universe, finally able to say some of my thoughts on this film I love.

By incorporating a much explored scientific concept with such typical experiences, Cahill creates a film that become achingly relatable to the viewer, intensified by the choice of a teenager as the protagonist. In combining this with the discovery of a duplicate Earth as a major plot point, Cahill doesn’t just make a science fiction film, but also illustrates the often-aching loneliness and regret found in everyday life in an interesting new light. Regardless of age or events in the individual’s life, starting mostly at adolescence, one becomes more self-aware of experiences thus far and appearance, creating common feelings of regret and the desire to have a new beginning. Whether it’s being excited about starting at a new school, job or changing style and interests, humans constantly crave a second chance, the ability to change into someone else that isn’t affected by preconceived ideas. Whether through new living areas or the pursuit of preexisting or new relationships in a bolder, more aggressive manner, Another Earth exemplifies this shedding of skin, the desire for freedom to escape the past.

Read the rest of the piece here.


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