“Let me tell you a story…it’s about a girl. She does something unforgivable. She goes to apologize but she loses her nerve, she lies to him. She thinks she might be able to make his life a little bit better."
On the night of the discovery of a duplicate Earth in the Solar System, an ambitious young student and an accomplished composer cross paths in a tragic accident.
In the beginning of the film, Rhoda (Brit Marling) is leaving a party where she was celebrating her acceptance to a college. The same night of the celebration, a discovery of a duplicate Earth is found nearby in the Solar System. Then something terrible happens—that changes the course of Rhoda’s path through out the entire film.
Rhoda explores her feelings after leaving jail by finding the composer, John (William Mapother), and becoming a house maid. We don’t know whether to be upset at her actions or sympathetic, which makes the film much more intriguing. Rhoda begins to develop feelings for John and at times it seems like she’s forgetting about the past. She tells John about a story of "a girl who does something unforgivable." She’s referencing herself but he does not know or recognize her.
During all of this Earth 2 is becoming closer to Earth 1. There’s a contest that involves writing an essay for the chance to visit Earth 2. Rhoda wants the chance to meet another version of herself in hopes of forgiveness.
The themes in Another Earth are broad and beautiful. Brit Marling and Mike Cahill’s writing is beautiful and raw. Focusing more on Rhoda’s story, more so than the sci-fi aspect of the film, deepens the themes of loss, grieve, depression, and growth. The sci-fi aspects of the film are merely symbolic of Rhoda’s life which provides interpretations as well as exploration for the viewer.
I think what is most beautiful about this film is that Rhoda is trying to move on from her pain during the time of finding another earth.
Questions are asked like: “What would you say to yourself if you met yourself?" “Has your other self made the same mistakes you did?"
Another Earth makes you question your own life decisions and mistakes. By exploring all aspects of life, by examining the possibility of another you, on another earth.
Another Earth is available on DVD/Blu-Ray and streaming.