Posted on Thursday, July 5th, 2012 by Russ Fischer
If you’re looking for a film that offers a mystery, and a bracing dose of weird uncertainty, The Loneliest Planet may be just the thing.
The film follows an engaged couple, played by Gael Garcia Bernal and Hani Furstenberg, who are taking a trip backpacking in the Caucasus Mountains in Georgia. (That’s Georgia on the east side of Europe, not in the US, for those who aren’t totally up on their geography.) Traveling with them is a guide, and while on the trip something happens. What is that something? From watching the trailer we don’t know.
I’ll say this: while I’m sure there will be some who see this trailer as a too-obscure exercise in art, there will be others who really want to know what the hell is going on. Check it out below.
The voiceover in this trailer doesn’t serve it well, I think, but the rest of the edit is pretty fantastic. I’m left really wanting to know what’s going on here, and even better, I don’t really have any idea what the truth is. OK, that’s a lie: I do have some idea what it might be, but that only helps pique my curiosity.
Apple has the trailer. The film opens on October 26.
Alex (Gael Garcia Bernal) and Nica (Hani Furstenberg) 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 undone. Once it is done, it threatens to undo everything the couple believed about each other and about themselves.