Another Earth is one of those really awesome movies that bridges two different genres. It is both a Sci Fi film and a drama, dealing with both the presence of possible life on other planets while simultaneously portraying a young woman’s struggle to find herself after being incarcerated for four years.
This movie isn’t very well known. It wasn’t widely released and certainly wasn’t a blockbuster. But, it is definitely worth the attention of the general public.
The main character, Rhoda, is sent to prison after killing a man’s pregnant wife and son. It just so happens that the night the horrible crash takes place, astronomers release the news that they have discovered another plant that seems very similar to Earth.
When she is released four years later, she is now a young adult as opposed to a teenager, her struggle to adapt an important feature in this film.
She ends up working as a cleaner for John, the man whose family she killed when she couldn’t quite muster up the courage to apologize. This is yet another interesting storyline as they are both affected by the same tragedy and aid each other without realizing it.
I just love that the main story is of these two characters while in the background there is the whole Sci Fi element. It works out brilliantly, this film being extremely well rounded.
Rhoda is a very important character. She is thrown into society again after finishing her adolescent years in jail. Her development is astounding and is interestingly shown through something as simple as her wardrobe, which changes from blue coveralls to pleasant feminine dresses in the end. She is a female lead in a Sci Fi movie which is why I think this film is so important. There is a bit of a romance in her storyline, but it does not overwhelm or define her character.
I can’t say enough about how much I love this movie. I’ve read that some people think it’s slow but I think that the stillness and the pacing fits well with the character who I wouldn’t expect to change rapidly. We are following a human being on her journey and how she deals with consequences and important questions like, what would you say to yourself if you met another you?