Far Side of the Moon (2005)

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A man pondering the unrecognized aspects of space travel has more than a few problems to contend with on Earth in this French Canadian drama. Phillippe (Robert Lepage) is "professional student" who lives with his ailing mother (Anne-Marie Cadieux) in a small, run-down apartment in Quebec. Phillippe has spent years working on his doctoral thesis, which looks at the philosophical and emotional consequences of the race into space between the United States and the Soviet Union during the 1960s and … More

Rating: R
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Robert Lepage
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 4, 2006
Runtime:
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as Phillippe/Andre

as Nathalie

as Marie-Madeleine

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Critic Reviews for Far Side of the Moon

All Critics (21) | Top Critics (12)

The film may be best appreciated by those who've seen the stage version.

Full Review… | February 10, 2006
San Francisco Chronicle
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Lepage is such an interesting camera subject, you stick with this dreamy rumination even when the going gets arch.

Full Review… | January 5, 2006
Chicago Tribune
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The Far Side of the Moon is a master class on turning a talky, one-man play into a visual delight.

December 2, 2005
New York Post
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As an actor, Lepage is a captivating presence, easily transforming from one sibling to the other. And as a director, he braids the personal and the universal with dexterity, turning theatrical intimacy into cinematic ecstasy.

Full Review… | December 2, 2005
New York Daily News
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It takes about 28 days for the moon to orbit the earth and approximately 60 minutes for Far Side of the Moon to reveal its full splendor.

December 1, 2005
New York Times
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Reworking his own raw material, Lepage spins a rich, moving film that acknowledges humanity's power to break out of Earth's daily gravity; in the process, he leaves audiences floating.

Full Review… | November 29, 2005
Village Voice
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Audience Reviews for Far Side of the Moon

½

A creative concoction of science, social dysfunction and human persistence. Robert Lepage is simply incredible!

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Randy Tippy

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½

[font=Century Gothic]With "Far Side of the Moon", writer-director Robert Lepage uses the story of brothers Phillippe and Andre(both played by Lepage) as a springboard to also explore the history of space flight(Phillippe is writing his thesis on this while working as a telemarketer). Then, he uses parallels between the two storylines as a jumping off point for a stylish portrait of humanity's potential. [/font]
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[font=Century Gothic]The history of space flight provides an especially strong example. Space exploration started with huge potential with the Sputnik launch. Its high point is of course the landing of a man on the moon in 1969, followed by the Apollo-Soyuz mission of 1975, uniting two former adversaries but recently failures have outweighed achievements. Now, emphasis is on the potential for contacting extraterrestrials, a project that Phillippe has volunteered to help with. [/font]

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Walter M.

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Nope, I haven't seen the original stage play. This is the second Lepage film I have seen in my life, and I believe the themes that are explored are very similar to the ones in Le Confessional : except in that other film, broken family dynamics were explored with much more swing, and the result was frankly a lot more compelling.

Visually, this is clever and enticing work, as Lepage uses recurring imagery (the moon, a goldfish, television screens, washing machines) as Phillippe revisits his past and present. Special effects are both subtle and astonishing, and the camera gets up close to capture hidden recesses of emotion within the characters. Filmed with a small budget, La Face Cachée de la Lune still manages to dazzle. And yet... it's a bit annoying that the film doesn't grab hold more effectively, because artistically it is a real achievement. Lepage constructs films fluidly, dissolving between scenes in almost imperceptible ways that are clever and extremely skillful while touching on deep themes.

As an actor, Lepage is fine enough, but he can only command our attention onscreen for so long, so I found myself holding on to supporting performers for any narrative interest. Needless to say, he is at the very center of the project, so characters besides Philippe and Andre are not given a lot of screentime. I understand the brothers occupy the core of the drama, but I personally found them uninteresting, and their dialogue sometimes feels forced.

I wanted to fall in love with this one as it obtained even more international recognition than Le Confessional, but alas, I was not swept away at all. I appreciated it, but... that's about it.

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Laurence Collin

Super Reviewer

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