This one should probably come with a warning, beware kooky indie film narrated by feline. Or something. If you are a fan of Miranda July’s quirky style then you will know exactly what to expect – her first film since Me and You and Everyone We Know isn’t exactly a massive departure from her signature style. It’s the story of a young couple who are planning to adopt a sickly cat and worry that its arrival in a month will mean the end of their freedom. So they decide to spend the month doing all the things they think they won’t be able to do as cat owners and jack in their jobs, turn off the internet (quite harsh I thought) and wait for new opportunities to arise.
Of course, given July’s tendency towards the eccentric, it’s not quite as straightforward as that and she throws in some interestingly surreal twists and turns. There’s a lot to think about here. And a lot to worry about, if you’re over 40… Is that really it? Does not having children stop you from properly growing up yourself? Or is the cat some sort of extended metaphor for pregnancy and the preparations for parenthood and the life changes that brings?
Some people will really properly hate The Future but I enjoyed it a lot – it’s cute and funny and I kind of hope July doesn’t leave such a big gap before her next film.