The Loneliest Planet starring foreign actors Gael Garcia Bernal, Hani Furstenberg and Bidzina Gujabidze is an intriguing film written and directed by Julia Loktev which first premiered in 2011 at the Locarno International Film Festival. It then premiered in the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival and went on to premiere in other cities including Los Angeles at the AFI Fest where it won the Grand Jury Prize. It has since won many film festival awards and is now set to release in theatres in the United States on October 26, 2012.
The film is essentially a love story that follows a young engaged couple as they backpack through the Caucasus Mountains in Georgia. With their guide, they venture through the land, exploring every bit of the terrain- the film itself boasting beautiful shots of the natural landscape. When trouble arises, it is due to a single moment, a small increment of time that supposedly causes irreversible damage and threatens the couple’s relationship and furthermore, what they thought they knew about each other. The ambiguity of this “moment” is what makes this plot so engrossing and mysterious, while also quite chilling and poignant. What could possibly happen in one fleeting moment that would deteriorate the foundations of a seemingly everlasting love? Will the characters end their journey together, or be parting their separate ways?
As one can see from the trailer, The Loneliest Planet has its ups and downs, and seems to play on the emotions of its viewers. The trailer teases its viewers appropriately, not revealing too much that would spoil an appetite for the mystery of the film. The trailer shots show how the film blends in seamlessly with the couple’s relationship as if the viewers are not watching, but engaging in the adventure as well. Everything seems so real, nothing is glamorized, which makes the film all too relatable and therefore, all the more chilling. While the trailer starts with scenes of laughter, dancing, love-making, friends and food, when the trailer ends with a consoling masculine hand resting on the shoulder of a crying young woman shrouded in darkness, it leaves the viewers wondering… will I be crying along with them?