The Future (15)



The Future

Time Out rating:

<strong>Rating: </strong><span class='lf-avgRating'>3</span>/5

User ratings:

<strong>Rating: </strong><span class='lf-avgRating'>3</span>/5
Rate this

Time Out says

Fri Sep 23 2011

As much as the process of watching this new work from hipster polymath, Miranda July, transported me to the verge of wanting to gouge my own eyes out with a melon baller, the more I think about it, the more I'm convinced it's an intelligent, astutely judged and ruthlessly self-effacing auto-critique. July, still looking every bit the Manga cartoon pixie brought to life, stars as an awkward, impulsive dance instructor who takes leave of her directionless, look-a-likey boyfriend (Hamish Linklater) to have a strange affair (more a piece of flirtatious, ad-infinitum role-playing) with a balding suburban widower. To add that proceedings are narrated by an ailing, helium-voiced cat should clarify that, unlike her previous indie hit, 'Me and You and Everyone We Know' (2005), this is a piece of all-out experimentation. One reading of this gratifyingly open film is that even though it embraces a surface level kook, it’s also about the art of (and emotional strain that comes with) maintaining a kooky facade. Kook in quote marks, if you will. Not a crowd-pleaser by any measure, but a mature, bold and recklessly inquisitive film, however unpleasant it is to consume in the moment.


Add +

Release details



UK release:

Fri Nov 4, 2011


90 mins

Cast and crew


Miranda July


Miranda July


Miranda July, Hamish Linklater

Users say

<strong>Rating: </strong><span class='lf-avgRating'>0</span>/5

Average User Rating

3.3 / 5

Rating Breakdown

  • 5 star:1
  • 4 star:1
  • 3 star:0
  • 2 star:1
  • 1 star:0
1 person listening
annoyed filmgoer

This was irritating in the extreme. It's a shame, because there were some interesting moments, particularly around the central male character - but Miranda July's character was so dim and feeble and horrible and ridiculous and pathetic and incomprehensible and slow and odd that it was impossible to engage with the film. Why on earth would anyone care what happened to her? ANNOYING!


There is something irritatingly profound about this film which stays with you long after the final frame. Maybe the irritating bit is the couple themselves whose decision to adopt a cat leads to a relationship crisis; maybe it's the fey and gamine Miranda July herself, so twee she sometimes makes you want to throw up; maybe it's the idea of a movie centred on a two unconvincing puppet feet and someone (probably the director herself) giving us an dreadful version of how a cat would talk. But this is IS still a a haunting, sometimes chilling attempt at confronting life in its metaphysical context. And let's be honest, you don't see movies like that every day. I loved it. As much for its faults as its strengths.


I went to watch this film because I liked the trailer and I could not really understand what David Jenkins meant by writing that he had been feeling on "the verge of wanting to gouge my own eyes out with a melon baller". Now I know what kind of feeling that is and I would not reccomend it to anybody! Specially if you are thinking of going because you were moved by the talking cat in the trailer, don't go these couple will piss you off deeply. Francesca

john o sullivan

A big dissapointment Having watched Me you and everyone I know' for the third time last night this film has little of the wit and charm of her previous film It seems improvised And talking cats and moons had me dreaming of self imolation After another Solendtz turkey and an overated Polanski not a good week in the stalls Thank god for Kevin


Great film, entertaining, original, thought provoking and downright weird. If you liked ' Me you and everyone I know' then this is for you.


Great film, entertaining, original, thought provoking and downright weird. If you liked ' Me you and everyone I know' then this is for you.