the future



(flowers i got for my birthday)

Have you seen the movie, Miranda July’s ‘The Future’? TRAILER HERE. It seems none of my friends have and I really want to talk about it!

The film was irritating in some ways and yet it left a big impression on me. There was a scene where Miranda July’s character Sophie is bursting with creative yearning and wants to MAKE SOMETHING…but she ends up pinned against the living room wall looking back and forth at bits of furniture while time ticks on by. I found that depiction of creative inertia/paralysis very compelling. I could relate to it, not on a literal level but on an emotional level. I’ve felt a lot like that lately!

I also like the way the film depicts the human relationship with the world at the moment — overwhelmed by how broken the planet is, our response is most often inertia and seeking solace in the internet…instead of engaging our creativity, connecting with others, trying to change things.

This movie is one of those polarising ones – people seem to either adore it or find it irritatingly quirky and self-indulgent. I am somewhere in the middle – I loved the tone of it, what it was examining about the human psyche, and there were several scenes I found breathtaking and can’t get out of my mind….then there was some cloying cuteness that over-sugared it for me. (Talking cat, talking moon, eccentric old dude.)

The film features an old yellow t-shirt that Sophie uses as a sort of security blanket. I thought it was symbolic/totemic/archetypal but reading interviews with MJ, that part is autobiographical and she really has a manky old yellow t-shirt which she carries around with her!

A couple more Miranda July links:

Have you ever seen Miranda July’s music video for Blonde Redhead? Simple but weirdly hypnotic HERE. 


Here is a little film where Miranda July offers help to the easily distracted. 

If you’ve seen it, I’d love you to tell me what you thought about it!



4 thoughts on “the future

  1. I haven’t seen the film but reading your post I thought what a cool person to go to the movies with, you must be. I love how you want to chat in depth about it afterwards. That is one of my favourite things to do. I think it honours the screenwriter and all the people who make films, when viewers GET the unconscious layers that they obviously strive so hard to weave into the big picture.


  2. I’ve seen it. I really liked it. There’s a great book that goes with it that she wrote while she was procrastinating writing THE FUTURE. The old guy was someone she met on her not-writing-the-move-procrastinating-instead project, and he was dying of cancer during the filming, and died shortly afterwards. Yes, the cat voice was irritating, there were some off moments in it, but in general I think Miranda July is pretty amazing and it’s great that she takes risks and is so singular in her approach. Both the book and the movie were so much about the creative process, and how hard it is to make stuff in this internet age where we’re so easily distracted, and confronted by other people doing things seemingly so much cooler than the stuff we do. But now I’m going to have to see it again because it’s become a little hazy… have you seen Looper BTW?


    1. No I haven’t – is it good? I do like time-travel stuff!

      re: The Future – it was also about the end of the world, don’t you think? I thought it had a similar tone to ‘Melancholia’.


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