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Upside Down 

Directed by Juan Diego Solanas (Millennium Entertainment)

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One of the strangest and most visually impressive fantasy films of recent years, Upside Down is a Canadian/French co-pro about two planets existing side by side, each with its own gravitational pull. One planet exploits the other’s resources. Eden (Kirsten Dunst) from the well-off world fell in love with Adam (Jim Sturgess) from the impoverished world when they were kids–they met on parallel mountain peaks–but the worlds, of course, kept them apart. The middle act of the film is its most satisfying; Adam using his smarts to counteract the gravity on Eden’s world in order to connect with her. The science fiction cleverness and gorgeous conceptual design help overcome some heavy-handed allegory and candy-coated romance. The whole movie feels like a dream–with applicable leaps of narrative, logic and physics. Kind of lovely if you fall into it.

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