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The Loneliest Planet (2011)

Not Rated | | Thriller | 3 January 2013 (Germany)
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An engaged couple's backpacking trip in the Caucasus Mountains is derailed by a single misstep that threatens to undo everything the pair believed about each other and about themselves.

Director:

Julia Loktev

Writers:

Tom Bissell (short story "Expensive Trips Nowhere" from the collection 'God Lives In St. Petersburg'), Mikhail Lermontov (excerpt from 'A Hero Of Our Time') | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Hani Furstenberg ... Nica
Gael García Bernal ... Alex
Bidzina Gujabidze Bidzina Gujabidze ... Dato
Tali Pitakhelauri Tali Pitakhelauri ... Guesthouse Mom
Tako Pitakhelauri Tako Pitakhelauri ... Guesthouse Girl
Ani Kushashvili Ani Kushashvili ... Guesthouse Girl
Kati Jamarjashvili Kati Jamarjashvili ... Guesthouse Girl
Nino Pitakhelauri Nino Pitakhelauri ... Guesthouse Teen Girl
Khatia Kushashvili Khatia Kushashvili ... Guesthouse Teen Girl
Taira Pitakshelauri Taira Pitakshelauri ... Guesthouse Grandma
Amiran Gudrshauri Amiran Gudrshauri ... Kebab Seller
Joni Khueishivili Joni Khueishivili ... Drunk Man
Dato Taiklauri Dato Taiklauri ... Dancing Guy
Lado Gudushauri Lado Gudushauri ... Dancing Guy
Gin Takiklauri Gin Takiklauri ... Dancing Guy
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Storyline

An engaged couple's backpacking trip in the Caucasus Mountains is derailed by a single misstep that threatens to undo everything the pair believed about each other and about themselves.

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Thriller

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | Germany

Language:

English | Georgian | Spanish

Release Date:

3 January 2013 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Najsamotniejsza z planet See more »

Filming Locations:

Republic of Georgia See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$15,689, 28 October 2012

Gross USA:

$129,579

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$268,933
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The book passage that is read out is from "A Hero of Our Time" by Mikhail Lermontov. See more »

Quotes

Dato: Life is good.
Nica: Yes.
Dato: But good life is better
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Oye Como Va
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Written by Tito Puente
Performed by Hani Furstenberg (as 'Nica')
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Brilliant, though not easy
27 January 2013 | by zetesSee all my reviews

A unique, brilliantly structured art-house film that will definitely go down as one of my favorites from the past few years. It's a film that has, really, only a single plot point, and it's one that happens in a blink of an eye. The film centers on two tourists in Georgia (the country, not the state). Gael Garcia Bernal and Hani Furstenberg play an engaged couple, and the first half of the film establishes quite clearly their dynamics, and the fact that they are very much in love. Halfway through the film, the pivotal incident occurs and it's like a prism that breaks up the way the two look at each other, as well as themselves. Sure, that first hour is pretty slow moving (though the scenery in the film is so gorgeous that I was never less than engaged), but, after the incident, you look backward at every small thing that occurred. That first, sleepy hour I was basically just enjoying the scenery, but during the second hour my mind was running a mile a minute, even though, basically, nothing much was happening. It's a weird and uncompromising picture that will surely drive some crazy, but I was absolutely blown away by it.


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