КіноКава: Another Earth

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Another Earth is a sci-fi drama directed by Mike Cahill. The film stars William Mapother and Brit Marling. A new planet four times the size of the moon appears in the sky of Earth. It gives a deeper meaning to everything in the story, especially when it is discovered, that the planet is indeed, as the title promises, another Earth. Perhaps not a second Earth however, but the very same Earth, in another universe that has now become visible.

1. Look at the picture above. Is there anything strange in it?

Vocabulary (I)

2. Match the words with their definitions.

 1. annoyed  a. feeling or showing fear, especially suddenly
 2. depressed  b. very interested or attracted by someone or something
 3. excited  c. calm and not worried
 4. fascinated  d. very surprised and upset by something bad that happens unexpectedly
 5. frightened  e. feeling slightly angry or impatient
 6. relaxed  f. extremely frightened
 7. shocked  g. unhappy because you are thinking about your problems or bad things that could happen
 8. terrified  h. very happy, enthusiastic because something good is going to happen
 9. worried  i. unhappy because of a difficult or unpleasant situation that you feel you cannot change


3. How would you feel about seeing a big earthlike object in the sky? (to describe your emotions use the words from the task 2).

4. How would you react on the news about discovering Earth Two (a planet with the same life forms and geographical features as on our planet)?

5. Read the sentences from the plot and put them in the correct order.

(.....) Rhoda goes to prison.

(..1..) Seventeen year-old Rhoda Williams celebrates receiving an acceptance letter from MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology).

(.....) Rhoda decides to visit John Burroughs, whose life was destroyed after losing his family, to tell him that she was the one, who had killed his wife and son.

(.....) Rhoda submits an essay to a contest where the prize is a ticket to Earth Two.

(.....) Looking at Earth Two through the car window she loses attention and crashes with composer Burroughs. As a result of the accident the pregnant wife and the baby son of John Burroughs are killed.

(.....) Rhoda gets to know that a planet similar and close to Earth is discovered and called Earth Two.

(.....) Four years later she is released.

(.....) Being drunk Rhoda drives her car and listens to the the radio.

6. Watch the following part of the film (00:32:01,128-00:36:07,708). Predict the answers to the questions.

"Am I over there?"
"Is that me better than this me?"
"Can I go meet me?"
"Can I learn from the other me?"
"Has the other me made the same mistakes I've made?"
"Can I sit down and have a conversation with me?"

Vocabulary (II)

7A. Watch the next part of the film (00:46:18,526-00:48:49,515). Fill in the gaps with the words below.

sanity / dashboard / imagination / curvature / torture / bliss / sailing

So he [the cosmonaut, the first man ever to go into space] goes up in this big spaceship, but the only habitable part of it's very small. So the cosmonaut's in there, and he's got this portal window, and he's looking out of it, and he sees the ..................... (1) of the Earth for the first time. I mean, the first man to ever look at the planet he's from. And he's lost in that moment. And all of a sudden this strange ticking... Begins coming out of the ................... (2). Rips out the control panel, right? Takes out his tools. Trying to find the sound, trying to stop the sound. But he can't find it. He can't stop it. It keeps going.

Few hours into this, begins to feel like ..................... (3). A few days go by with this sound, and he knows that this small sound... will break him. He'll lose his mind. What's he gonna do? He's up in space, alone, in a space closet. He's got 25 days left to go... with this sound. So the cosmonaut decides... the only way to save his ..................... (4) is to fall in love with this sound. So he closes his eyes... and he goes into his ..................... (5), and then he opens them. He doesn't hear ticking anymore. He hears music. And he spends the ..................... (6) through space in total ..................... (7) and peace.

7B. Rhoda tells the story of the first man in the space. What kind of factual errors does she make?

7C. How can you relate the story about the cosmonaut with life events of the film characters?

8. Which of these emotions are positive and which are negative? Fill in the table below.

 admiration  attraction  despair  gratitude  helplessness  pain
 affection  aversion  disappointment  guilt  hope  panic
 amusement  curiosity  empathy  habituation  indifference  revulsion
 anger  disgust  fear  hate  interest  shame
 alarm  desire  friendliness  happiness  love  thankfulness

 Positive emotions  Negative emotions


9. Watch the following scene of the film (01:10:50,455-01:17:52,418) and answer the questions.
  1. How were the relationship of Rhoda and John changing throughout the film? What did they feel during their first and last conversation?

  2. Which situations determined changes in the relationship between Rhoda and John?