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A Sci-Fi flick in the Dramatic Competition at Sundance? Well, number one, that certainly has to peak any critic's interest, but Mike Cahill's narrative feature film debut promises a drama rooted in the science fiction traditions of "Solaris" or "Moon." The story centers on a woman who enters MIT with dreams of exploring the universe. Just as a duplicate earth appears mysteriously in the skies, tragedy strikes and her life becomes intertwined with that of a famous composer. The picture appears to ask the question: if you could enter a different reality of your life, would you do so? It's an intriguing pitch that could be a festival classic or a mind bender that leaves audiences puzzled. Obviously, we're hoping for the former.
- Gregory Ellwood