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Il Futuro

Il Futuro (2013)



Average Rating: 7.2/10
Critic Reviews: 6
Fresh: 6 | Rotten: 0

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When two orphans, Bianca and Tomas meet up with Tomas' gym rat friends, they concoct an elaborate scheme to rob an aging movie star and one-time Mr. Universe, Maciste (played by Rutger Hauer). The boys enlist Bianca to seduce the now blind star so they can get access to his hidden fortune. At once a sly psychological thriller with erotic overtones, this unique film finds a young woman faced with a moral dilemma as a unique friendship develops between her and the actor in his crumbling



Roberto Vidal Bolano, Alicia Scherson

Dec 2, 2013


Strand Releasing

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All Critics (15) | Top Critics (6) | Fresh (13) | Rotten (2)

In the complexly stoic Martelli and masterfully craggy, haunted Hauer, an alluringly opaque pas de deux of loss and uncertainty is wonderfully realized.

October 24, 2013 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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Ms. Scherson's style - backed wholeheartedly by the cool cinematography of Ricardo de Angelis - may value mood over information, but it's the perfect vehicle for a portrait of two damaged souls grasping for a security they no longer possess.

September 6, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Times
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a curiously effective coming-of-age tale

September 6, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
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Il Futuro, aptly bereft of actual Italians, teases out the idea of thrown-off foreigners, bridged by fluid identities.

September 3, 2013 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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Alicia Scherson's enthralling Il Futuro asks the question no one wants to hear: How would you see the world after a personal tragedy?

September 3, 2013 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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Even though mood trumps character psychology, the entire cast provides mesmerizing, evocative performances.

January 29, 2013 Full Review Source: Variety
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There are some interesting plot points and decent performances, particularly from Martelli, but the ending doesn't really bring Scherson's ideas together in an impactful way.

November 14, 2013 Full Review Source: Oregonian

One can choose to indulge in the sci-fi flights of fancy seeding Alicia Scherson's Il Futuro (The Future), or become engrossed in its mercurial, hypnotic theme of sexual discovery.

November 11, 2013 Full Review Source:

Il Futuro is a playful, soulful movie, affecting because it's populated by lost children who can somehow sense they're in a movie.

October 24, 2013 Full Review Source: The Dissolve
The Dissolve

However, it has a really unique point of view that puts it on par with some of the most adventurous South American cinema of recent years.

September 6, 2013 Full Review Source: Glenn Dunks
Glenn Dunks

It seems like a statement that Il Futuro presents simple but intriguing conflicts that nonetheless resolve anti-climactically, denying us an organic end.

September 6, 2013 Full Review Source: The Playlist
The Playlist

A counterproductively "literary" film with no satisfying payoffs, Rutger Hauer's blind recluse notwithstanding.

September 3, 2013 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

Hauer, absolutely superb, exudes sadness and longing as a hulking, damaged man grasping at the past.

July 3, 2013 Full Review Source: The Skinny
The Skinny

THE FUTURE challenges us and darts out of grasp just when we think we've gotten it, but a day later and I can't stop thinking about it.

April 6, 2013 Full Review Source: Badass Digest
Badass Digest

An intriguing look at psychologically damaged people struggling to find moments of love and affection in a world conspiring against them.

January 31, 2013 Full Review Source: Screen International
Screen International

Audience Reviews for Il Futuro

In "Il Futuro," teenagers Tomas(Luigi Ciardo) and Bianca(Manuela Martelli) are orphaned when their parents die in a car accident in Rome, far away from their native Chile. Not helping matters is that they will have wait to see if they can get all of their parents' pensions. In the meantime, Bianca takes a job in a hair salon while Tomas auditions at a gym. It is there that he meets two personal trainers(Nicolas Vaporidis & Alessandro Giallocosta) who he in turn takes home with them. In return, they cook and clean. They also have a plan to take care of everybody's economic issues by using Bianca to insinuate herself with Maciste(Rutger Hauer), a former bodybuilder and B-movie star.

Even though it has a plot as old as dirt and therefore more than its share of predictability, "Il Futuro" still has a lot going for it such as a neat turn from Rutger Hauer, erotic energy to spare, a twangy guitar score and a lovely dream logic, including a cameo from Cinecitta. In its own gentle way, the movie critiques the impatience of youth while also pointing out that there are no short cuts in life. Meanwhile, all of the characters are shown their possible futures, even if they are not aware of it at the time. Currently, Bianca is satisfied just being in a place where she is not stared at all the time while not yet realizing that smoking might stunt her growth.
October 3, 2013
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Foreign Titles

  • Il Futuro - Eine Lumpengeschichte in Rom (DE)
  • The Future (Il futuro) (UK)
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