Equal parts astronomy and philosophy, Another Earth is — like 2004’s Primer — a Sundance darling that does smart sci-fi on the cheap. The discovery of another planet identical to ours serves as the backdrop to the story of a young woman (Brit Marling) who accidentally kills a family while driving drunk. Director Mike Cahill says the film’s modest budget was a virtue, allowing him to focus on the story’s character-based sensibilities. ”If we had a huge budget, we might have been tempted to have rocket ships nuking Earth 2,” says Cahill. ”Or explosions and Will Smith in a cowboy hat and cigar rescuing everybody.” Save that for the sequel. —Keith Staskiewicz
Posted July 15 2011 — 12:00 AM EDT
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