The Loneliest Planet
A local guide takes a young couple through a twisted backpacking trip across the Georgian wilderness.
Nothing happens for an hour. Then one thing happens and someone makes a knee jerk reaction. Then one no one talks about either the thing that happened or the the reaction to what happened. Hard to say since no one's talking. Then nothing happens for another hour until there's an awkward moment. Then nothing happens at the end. I was riveted.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
[reviewed from AFI 2011]
Second go. Feared I might find the first half a little get-to-the-Incident enervating this time, but Loktev has an uncanny knack—also on display in Day Night Day Night—for making the eventless eventful, mostly via attention to arresting details that are unusual without being "quirky." (I was about to note that the "chimpanzee" headstand arguably crosses that line, but then suddenly suspected that that's an actual alternative to e.g. "Mississippi" somewhere or other, and sure enough. Headstand itself's still a bit cute, though.) And I remain in awe of the high-wire act that constitutes the aftermath, in which any and all discussion of what happened gets postponed until after the credits roll—a stunt that only works…
The Loneliest Planet is a film I really want to love. It's slow, and takes its time, and wants to reel you into the relationship between the main couple. However, The Loneliest Planet is also slow and takes too much time.
I really love when films take their time to show you things instead of rushing, but there is a difference between taking your time and meandering around in a vain attempt to stretch out the running time.
There's a real subtle beauty to the main theme of The Loneliest Planet, but it really doesn't need to be a 2 hour film. This would be fine at 80 minutes, and actually manage to make a harder impact. Gael Garcia Bernal…
I've been battling myself about this one since I saw it. The fact that it's stayed with me is a good thing, and speaks to how well-crafted it is. Literally nothing happens but some mostly silent walking in the countryside for most of the film. There are some relationship-building and characterizations in the first 45 mins or so that serve to make the three things that actually happen in this film jaw-droppingly brilliant. I can't think of another time a moment in a film has been so pivotal and shocking that I literally had to pause it because I was freaking out so much. If you've seen this, you know exactly what I'm talking…
Αναπάντεχα όμορφο, όσο και λυρικό, το ταξίδι του The Loneliest Planet είναι ένα υπόγειο συναισθηματικό βίωμα.
Pretty scenery and decent acting, but very, very boring.
The Loneliest Planet really keeps you waiting for a big moment you're sure is coming. The moment when everything changes and this engaged couple's world is rocked.
I finished the film about 12 hours ago, and I'm still waiting for something to happen.
The film's beautiful looking, sure, but at the end I'm not sure you've gotten to see much more than three people wander around for two hours.
It reminded me of Once Upon a Time in Anatolia which actually has subtext and is a great film, as well as The Turin Horse which is a nearly-silent, contemptible piece of shit. If I put Loneliest Planet on a scale between those two extremes, I'd say it leans way further in the 'shitty' direction.
Sucks, too, cause I love Gael Garcia Bernal. I guess you can't pick winners all the time.
In the first 30 minutes of the movie, this couple was so happy, loving their trip so much, that you just know it won't last. In fact, the more you see them enjoying this trip with occasional ominous music, the more you prep yourself for something mad tragic. This movie is not going answer very many of your questions, and I don't feel like it's as successful as a similar movie like "Meek's Cutoff." For me, this movie crosses a little too far into the realm letting you come up with your own answers. Beyond that, the actors are pretty amazing, and the camera and scenery are amazing. I feel confident that Georgia/Caucus Mountain tourism got a bump because of…
Julia Loktev’s film builds its hypnotic two hours around a moment that lasts no more than two seconds. The Loneliest Planet is essentially broken into before and after segments. In the ‘before’ segment, Loktev expertly builds tension as we wait for something to happen. The ‘after’ segment employs an equally glacial pace to allow us to internalize the dark implications of the incident at the same pace as the characters. Some will find the slow pace of this film difficult but it poses a question so big, so universal that, trust me, it’s worth your time.
I just felt like I was there, communicating with the characters and embracing the beautiful landscapes and events happening around me.
This film was more like an experience.
An enriching and strange one.
It's hard to explain, but I loved it.
Thoughtful meditation on love, gender roles and compassion that raises good questions with effective, subtle performances, and with wonderful scenery to boot. Requires active engagement, though; don't expect it to draw you in without any effort on your end.
A beautiful, meditative travelogue of a loving couple takes a traumatic turn, and with one character's split-second instincts, the rest of the film is fraught with dread and haunted by shame. A truly unique achievement.
Buttoned-up yet bewitching; quiet with loud landscaping cinematography .
Also known as worst date movie of all time. I had read reviews about this movie and knew that something happened halfway through that challenges the foundation of the central couple's relationship- I waited and waited, and still, I was surprised at what it was when it happened. It gets about as much dramatization and emphasis from the director as anything else in the movie, but as the characters continue you begin to understand its implications. We're forced to read their performances in the negative space- and the action is hidden in the things between the words and the seemingly banal conversations that occur afterwards.
It's a challenging, difficult movie- and I've never seen anything quite like it before. Definitely worth watching, and worthy of your time and focus if you have it.