The Loneliest Planet
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The Loneliest Planet
Alex and Nica are young, in love and engaged to be married. The summer before their wedding, they are backpacking in the Caucasus Mountains in Georgia. The couple hire a local guide to lead them on a camping trek, and the three set off into a stunning wilderness, a landscape that is both overwhelmingly open and frighteningly closed. Walking for hours, they trade anecdotes, play games to pass the time of moving through space. And then, a momentary misstep, a gesture that takes only two or three seconds, a gesture that's over almost as soon as it begins. But once it is done, it can't be… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 70%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"You have to see The Loneliest Planet, for it is one of those works that prepares you for life, that make you wary, alive and responsible, and which ... well, you'll never forget it."
‑ David Thomson, The New Republic
"Why expend more energy on the film than its makers did?"
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Writer/director Julia Loktev, a New York filmmaker born in Russia, skilfully uses stillness and the vastness of the Caucasus Mountains to frame her trio of characters in psychological quicksand."
‑ Jim Schembri, 3AW
"Scoring a popular hit on the film festival circuit, director Julia Loktev elicits superb performances from a minimal cast."
‑ Ed Gibbs, The Sun Herald
"Although short stories usually make terrific source material for films, in this case the adaptation suggests that this is not one of those instances"
‑ Andrew L. Urban, Urban Cinefile
"You hope for these characters, and that hope carries the film."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"Loktev has written and directed with a haunting emphasis on the shortcomings of some interpersonal communication."
‑ Wesley Morris, Boston Globe
"Frankly, I've greatly enjoyed discussing the film, whereas I merely tolerated the experience of actually watching it."
‑ Simon Miraudo, Quickflix
"This load of tediously existential nonsense from writer/director Julia Loktev has been bizarrely celebrated as a profound artistic and feminist (?) statement, but make no mistake: it's ridiculously wannabe-cerebral codswallop."
‑ David 'Mad Dog' Bradley, Rip It Up
"Curiosity triggers our interest at first, but eventually, the tedious nature of the drawn-out exposition is akin to watching grass grow"
‑ Louise Keller, Urban Cinefile
"Though it's not without virtues, "The Loneliest Planet" may try the patience of even the most dedicated lovers of art film."
‑ Walter V. Addiego, San Francisco Chronicle
"I can't deny that her scheme is dramatically effective, though I left the movie more conscious of the scheme than the drama."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"Audiences used to actively engaging with cinema will find much to relish about The Loneliest Planet."
‑ Thomas Caldwell, Cinema Autopsy
"...simmering just beneath its quiet, beautiful surface are endless questions to do with relationships and trust, and how they're tied to our expectations regarding masculinity."
‑ Cara Nash, FILMINK (Australia)
"An elliptical, often baffling relationships drama about trust and reconciliation"
‑ Don Groves,
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