The Future (film)

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The Future
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Miranda July
Produced by Gina Kwon
Roman Paul
Gerhard Meixner
Written by Miranda July
Starring Miranda July
Hamish Linklater
Music by Jon Brion
Cinematography Nikolai von Graevenitz
Edited by Andrew Bird
Distributed by Roadside Attractions (US)
Alamode Film (Germany)
Release date
  • January 21, 2011 (2011-01-21) (Sundance Film Festival)
  • July 29, 2011 (2011-07-29) (United States)
  • October 27, 2011 (2011-10-27) (Germany)
Running time
90 minutes[1]
Country Germany
United States
Language English
Budget $1 million[2]
Box office $887,172[2]

The Future is a 2011 German-American drama film written, directed by, and starring Miranda July. The Future made its world premiere at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, where it was screened in the Premieres section. The film was nominated for the Golden Bear at the 61st Berlin International Film Festival.[3][4]


The story involves a couple in their mid-30s, Sophie (Miranda July) and Jason (Hamish Linklater)—whose relationship is on the rocks—and their plans to adopt an injured cat, Paw Paw. When the couple decides to adopt the stray cat, their perspective on life changes radically, testing their faith in each other and themselves.



The Future was born as a performance piece July had staged at The Kitchen, among other venues, in 2007.


The Future received generally positive reviews, holding a 71% "fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes; the consensus states "A dark and whimsical exploration of human existence that challenges viewers as much as it rewards them."[5] On Metacritic, which uses an average of critics' reviews, the film has a 67/100, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[6]

The film did not perform well at the box office, grossing only $568,290 domestically based on a $1 million budget.[2]


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