Directed by Miranda July
Written by Miranda July
The Future, a new film by Miranda July (Me and You and Everyone we Know), is the story of a quirky couple living in LA that decide to take the ultimate leap of responsibility and adopt a cat. Mind you, the pair doesn’t want to be too tied down, so they adopt a dying cat, one that is guaranteed to only live another 6 months. Their trip to the animal shelter, however, reveals that the cat (let’s call him “Paw Paw” since everyone else does) needs another month to recover from a broken paw before he can be taken home. This month comes to represent the last weeks of freedom before Sophie (Miranda July) and Jason (Hamish Linklater) have to sign their lives away. Pressure to use this time to do something significant with their lives becomes the inspiration for taking new risks, both brave and selfish.
If this were some Hollywood film, it might be the story of two people who take their lives back, who find fulfilling jobs, who take a trip to a place they’ve always
During the first half of the film, the nuances in the relationship between Sophie and Jason are so intimate and real that we laugh simply because we feel we’re watching ourselves, or someone we’ve met. In the opening scene, the two are sharing a couch, each buried under a laptop and when Jason makes a move to get up, Sophie immediately asks him to get her a glass of water. “I’m not getting up. I was just shifting,” is Jason’s response as he settles back into his place. Sophie doesn’t budge from the couch and we get the sense that she’ll wait until later, when Jason actually gets up, for her glass of water.
Despite this flaw, there is no other film, narrated by a cat, quite like The Future. It is funny and heartening, touching on some of our most vulnerable and embarrassing aspects as human beings. Miranda July’s character is even more self-doubting and strange than her character in Me and You, but her pain, as she slides down the wall in her living room overwhelmed by a crack in the floor, her peculiarity is nothing more than honesty. July has made a lovable, relatable film with some twisted decisions by the some self-sabotaging characters.