The Future

  • 12
  • Miranda July (2011)
  • US / Ger / Fr
  • 90 min
Film Review
Reviewed By
3 out of 5

Few films have been narrated by an ailing stray cat in an animal hospital. But this quirk is entirely in keeping with the offbeat insights into relationships and responsibility provided by director Miranda July's long-awaited follow-up to her splendid debut, Me and You and Everyone We Know (2005). July also stars as children's dance teacher Sophie who, along with partner Jason (Hamish Linklater), decides to live life to the max in the month before they adopt the wounded feline that will take their romance to the next level. Instead, the 30-something couple find themselves drifting apart after she starts an affair with divorced sign-maker David Warshofsky and Linklater's eco-campaigning brings him into the orbit of eccentric widower Joe Putterlik, who affords a disconcerting peek into things that are yet to come. Some might bridle at the digressions and reveries that leaven the droll comedy with small doses of deadpan realism and idiosyncratic fantasy, but those prepared to accept July's askew view will be amused and touched.

Plot Summary

Drama starring Miranda July and Hamish Linklater. An eccentric childless LA couple in their 30s decide to give a home to a stray cat, a decision which spurs each into a flurry of "live a little" activity before the arrival of the pet changes their lives for ever.

Cast and crew


Sophie / Paw-Paw the cat
Miranda July
Hamish Linklater
David Warshofsky
Isabella Acres
Joe / The Moon
Joe Putterlik
Dance studio receptionist
Angela Trimbur
Animal shelter receptionist
Mary Passeri
Oona Mekas


Miranda July

Other Information

Theatrical distributor: 
Picturehouse Entertainment
Swearing and a sex scene.
Available on DVD
Released 4 Nov 2011
Certificate 12