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The Loneliest Planet

  • NR
  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • A shocking incident throws a seemingly healthy relationship into crisis in this drama from director Julia Loktev. Alex (Gael Garcia Bernal) and Nica (Hani Furstenberg) are a twentysomething couple who have been together for several years and enjoy traveling, taking a certain pride in their willingness to rough it rather than follow the easy path. The pair will soon be married, and to celebrate they've traveled to Eurasia to climb the Caucasus Mountains. After hiring a local guide named Dato (Bidzina Gujabidze), the couple hike through the wilderness en route to the mountains. They spend their time swapping stories and soaking in the rugged beauty of their surroundings in respectful silence, with Dato offering his own curt interjections. However, one day the hikers cross paths with a group of hunters, leading to an incident in which Alex's reaction seems either prudent or cowardly depending on one's perspective. The trio eventually pick themselves up and move on, but nothing seems the same for Alex and Nica after that. THE LONELIEST PLANET received its North American premiere at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival.
  • Credits
    Gael, Garcia Bernal, Hani Furstenberg, Bidzina Gujabidze
  • Critic Reviews
    "[S]pectacularly scenic....The performances are vivid and precise, even though they don't always look like performances, what with the daunting athletics of the hikes."
    Wall Street Journal

    "Through a string of similar small, telling moments -- intimate, personal, ordinary -- the story comes together."
    Los Angeles Times

    "It is gripping and haunting..."
    New York Times

    "THE LONELIEST PLANETwas made with an intoxicating and precise faith in the ability of images to convey feelings that words would be too clumsy and blunt to appropriately delineate."

    "[A] gorgeous meditation on trust, masculinity, and the subtle dynamics of relationships..." -- Grade: A
    A.V. Club

    "[A] mesmerizing drama about a footloose couple....[The film] manages to plumb some shattering truths about men, women, intimacy and power."
    Washington Post

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