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  • Summary: When her parents die in a tragic car accident, adolescent Bianca's universe is suspended. Entrusted with the care of her younger brother, Tomas, she struggles to hold it together. Life is further complicated when Tomas' gym-rat friends invite themselves to stay indefinitely. Using Bianca as a lure for a heist they've concocted, they convince her to initiate a sexual relationship with an enigmatic blind hermit, Maciste (Rutger Hauer). But as the two spend time together, Bianca unexpectedly finds normalcy and acceptance in the aging B-movie star and former Mr. Universe's rococo mansion. [Strand Releasing] Expand
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  1. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    Sep 5, 2013
    Ms. Scherson’s style — backed wholeheartedly by the cool cinematography of Ricardo de Angelis — may value mood over information, but it’s the perfect vehicle for a portrait of two damaged souls grasping for a security they no longer possess.
  2. Reviewed by: John Oursler
    Sep 3, 2013
    Scherson, adapting Roberto Bolaño's novel, incorporates surrealistic, hyper-expressive visual techniques, resulting in a film that is excitingly unclassifiable.
  3. Reviewed by: Gabe Toro
    Sep 6, 2013
    It seems like a statement that Il Futuro presents simple but intriguing conflicts that nonetheless resolve anti-climactically, denying us an organic end.
  4. Reviewed by: Joshua Rothkopf
    Sep 3, 2013
    It’s wonderful to think that a movie is, for a change, ahead of you.
  5. Reviewed by: Noel Murray
    Oct 23, 2013
    Il Futuro is a playful, soulful movie, affecting because it’s populated by lost children who can somehow sense they’re in a movie, and that in a movie, the only future is The End.
  6. Reviewed by: Alissa Simon
    Sep 3, 2013
    Even though mood trumps character psychology, the entire cast provides mesmerizing, evocative performances.
  7. Reviewed by: Bill Weber
    Sep 3, 2013
    A counterproductively "literary" film with no satisfying payoffs, Rutger Hauer's blind recluse notwithstanding.

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  1. Jan 30, 2014
    A wonderfully understated, quiet film where mood and tone are used to illuminate far more than most movies manage with more direct approaches. Absolutely loved this at Sundance. Reminded me how strong an actor Rutger Hauer can be, as he really channels Brando's performance in Last Tango in Paris in a more introverted way. And Manuela Martelli is captivating, both in beauty and in her well delivered emotionally conflicted performance. Expand
  2. Feb 14, 2014
    It's an unusual, intriguing film but it ends up being too literary for its own good and all those intellectual undertones (the past vs. the future, darkness vs. light) don't amount to much. Expand