Far Side of the Moon
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A man pondering the unrecognized aspects of space travel has more than a few problems to contend with on Earth in this French Canadian drama. Phillippe (Robert Lepage) is "professional student" who lives with his ailing mother (Anne-Marie Cadieux) in a small, run-down apartment in Quebec. Phillippe has spent years working on his doctoral thesis, which looks at the philosophical and emotional consequences of the race into space between the United States and the Soviet Union during the 1960s and '70s. Phillippe just barely supports himself as a telemarketer, his cold-calling has… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 79%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The film may be best appreciated by those who've seen the stage version."
‑ Walter V. Addiego, San Francisco Chronicle
"As an actor, Lepage is a captivating presence, easily transforming from one sibling to the other. And as a director, he braids the personal and the universal with dexterity, turning theatrical intimacy into cinematic ecstasy."
‑ Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News
"While the slow pace is a burden on some of what happens...,there is a beating pulse in "Far Side of the Moon." It's as wondrous as the imaginative tales we all read as kids."
‑ Rory L. Aronsky, Film Threat
"In essence, Lepage has remade 2001: A Space Odyssey without the Kubrick film's sense of spiritual curiosity."
‑ Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine
"As a film, this is Lepage's smoothest, richest, most complete effort."
‑ Bruce Kirkland, Jam! Movies
"Lepage is such an interesting camera subject, you stick with this dreamy rumination even when the going gets arch."
‑ Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
"It takes about 28 days for the moon to orbit the earth and approximately 60 minutes for Far Side of the Moon to reveal its full splendor."
‑ Manohla Dargis, New York Times
"Lepage maintains a leisurely pace and lets the narrative wander, but ultimately lands on the right side of the line between contemplative noodling and aimless navel-gazing, ending with an image that's simultaneously melancholy and playful."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Strikingly visual and thoughtfully moving, and also ponderous and pretentious."
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
"The Far Side of the Moon is a master class on turning a talky, one-man play into a visual delight."
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"Reworking his own raw material, Lepage spins a rich, moving film that acknowledges humanity's power to break out of Earth's daily gravity; in the process, he leaves audiences floating."
‑ Mark Peranson, Village Voice
"In this gorgeous, high-definition DV drama, its stage roots are obscured by arresting images in this tale of outer space, sibling rivalry, and one man's struggle to find his destiny."
‑ Pam Grady, Reel.com
"Lepage's adaptation of his own stage play distills his typically grandiose ideas and visual quirks into a masterfully cohesive and entertaining film."
‑ Kim Linekin, eye WEEKLY
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