The Loneliest Planet

Alex and Nica, a young engaged couple, are so eager to take a serious walking trek through Georgia's Caucasus Mountains that they hire a local guide. As they travel deep into the wild landscape, however, the emotional atmosphere shifts for the trio.
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You hope for these characters, and that hope carries the film.
Tom Long, Detroit News  full review
Though it's not without virtues, "The Loneliest Planet" may try the patience of even the most dedicated lovers of art film.
Walter V. Addiego, San Francisco Chronicle  full review
Why expend more energy on the film than its makers did?
Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune  full review
Loktev has written and directed with a haunting emphasis on the shortcomings of some interpersonal communication.
Wesley Morris, Boston Globe  full review
I can't deny that her scheme is dramatically effective, though I left the movie more conscious of the scheme than the drama.
J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader  full review
All of this grows tiresome.
Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times  full review
The Loneliest Planet is not a perfect work of art, but it gets at something powerful: the way that life can turn us around in a flash, without warning.
Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor  full review
Unfortunately, Loktev's dry approach to establishing the couple's relationship means its abrupt collapse causes little emotional impact.
Farran Smith Nehme, New York Post  full review
Shot on location by cinematographer Inti Briones, "Planet" is a piece of art even without Bernal and Furstenberg, who are like moving portraits of themselves in this film.
Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times  full review
It is gripping and haunting, but also coy and elusive.
A.O. Scott, New York Times  full review
Though the film moves as slowly as its hikers, it demands, and deserves, to be watched closely.
Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal  full review
The Loneliest Planet does have a quiet power, which is amplified by the movie's rugged landscape.
The film delivers in unexpected ways, and then ponders what it means.
Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News  full review
Every scene shift contributes vital information about what it means to guide or be guided over foreign territory, both emotional and physical.
Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly  full review
Within a scantily plotted, novella-style narrative (the movie is an adaptation of a short story by Tom Bissell), single shots become story events that mere mention would spoil.
Karina Longworth, Village Voice  full review
If you are willing to subject yourself to an experience that is outside the norm of what a traditional movie is supposed to do, then you may come away with fertile soil for some fruitful discussion.
Jordan Hoffman,  full review
[A] slow-burning, distinctive second feature from Russian-born, Colorado-raised writer/director Julia Loktev.
Neil Young, Hollywood Reporter  full review
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  • Release Year: 2011
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Runtime: 113 min
  • Available From: Dec 19, 2012
  • Queued by: 573 people
Directed By
Julia Loktev
Gael GarcĂ­a Bernal, Hani Furstenberg, Bidzina Gujabidze

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