Miranda July is a bit of a crazy arts type and I love her work – or what I’ve seen of it. She does various projects from her website, http://mirandajuly.com/, her short story The Swim Team is a marvellous piece of work, and her second film, The Future, which was a selection at MIFF 2011 was great. Apart from the talking cat puppet – I didn’t really like that creepy dude. I really wanted to like this film. But I just didn’t.
There are several storylines – a couple breaking up, with the husband, Richard (John Hawkes) setting his hand on fire in a strange opening sequence. He must deal with the custody of his children in a small apartment whilst holding down a job in the shoe department of a large store. He starts a strange kind-of relationship with Christine (Miranda July) who is an aspiring nutso artist whose job is to drive elderly people to various appointments. There are also his sons and various other people involved, including couple of teenage girls who are sexually teasing and tormenting a creepy dude.
I think the main issue I had was that while the characters were connected in some way, the stories were very disjointed, and I had no real interest in what was happening or what was going to happen.