I went to an afternoon screening of Miranda July’s new movie the future. I had been introduced to Ms. July’s work by a student of mine, Cassie Powell, when we went to see “Me and You and Everyone We Know”. We later saw Ms. July together performing her read show at the Yerba Buena Gardens in SF. It was her live show that inspired the “challenges” at Mother of Invention’s Friends and Family Night. She is one of the Nine Muses of Uranium Madhouse, and continues to be a major inspiration to me.
So I expected a lot going in to the film today, but I was not disappointed. In fact, I felt July’s work has gotten bolder and deeper. It’s more painful than it was previously. It’s every bit as quirky as before, and learning to love ourselves in our quirks and awkwardness seems to be a major ongoing concern of July’s (she ran a website for a long time called LearningToLoveYouMore.com). But now there is more at stake. July successfully interweaves cultural anxieties about the end of our current way of life with a couple’s anxieties about midlife. It’s whimsical and mysterious, and very satisfying. You can watch the two trailers here.
As far as the acting goes, I was most impressed with Hamish Linklater, who plays July’s character’s partner. He dies a nice job of walking a line between being an earnest dweeb and an ironic quotation of one, and his vulnerability that emerges in the crisis of the relationship with July’s character is compelling. Doug Warshovsky also does strong work as an older man and father with whom July’s character starts a dalliance. July herself struck me as more self-conscious than the other two. But not to the degree that it prevented me from enjoying a sometimes difficult, but ultimately very rewarding movie.