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"Gripping and haunting, but also coy and elusive" -New York Times
"[A] gorgeous meditation... Loktev suffuses the film with the kind of intimate, microscopic detail and observation that's more common to literature than cinema" -Onion AV Club
"Loktev's marvelous, slow-burning follow-up to her minimalist thriller Day Night Day Night somehow manages to be both audacious and subtle" -Village Voice
"The story is carefully constructed, with moments that seem offhand initially, but are later revealed as crucial" -NPR
"A relationship drama as radically bifurcated as Tropical Malady and as trenchantly insightful as Everyone Else" -TimeOut Chicago
Alex (Gael García Bernal, The Science of Sleep, The Motorcycle Diaries) and Nica (Hani Furstenberg) are young, in love and engaged to be married. The summer before their wedding, they are backpacking in the Caucasus Mountains in Georgia, hiring a local guide to lead them on a camping trek. As they set off into a stunning wilderness, it becomes a landscape that is both overwhelmingly open and frighteningly closed. Walking for hours, they trade anecdotes, play games to pass the time, but as they get further from civilization, some of their mutual traits seem to become more and more out of place. And then, a momentary misstep, a gesture that is over almost as soon as it begins threatens to undo everything the couple believed about each other and about themselves. All the while, they are not alone, as their guide, witnesses their every move.
The Loneliest Planet plays off the relationship between the young travelers and the places they travel to, between guide and guided. But at its center, it is a love story, a tale about betrayal, both accidental and deliberate, about masculinity, failure and the ambiguities of forgiveness. It is in this atmosphere that writer/director Julia Loktev (Day Night Day Night) forces you to wonder what you would have done had the same thing happened to you.
Directed by Julia Loktev, U.S.A./Germany, 2011, 113 mins.