Miranda July makes funny, idiosyncratic, and tender films that grapple with love and connection in our modern world. Like her 2005 debut, Me and You and Everyone You Know, The Future delivers equal doses of charm and profundity, oddness and transcendence. Narrated by a stuffed cat and starring July as a ballet teacher, the film follows her and her boyfriend on parallel journeys of self-discovery. You might have to watch twice to understand why time freezes and the moon speaks, but one scene, in which July dances inside a big T-shirt, is one of the most enthralling movie moments of the year.
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