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On Netflix, Julia Roberts and Ethan Hawke want to leave the world behind, but they're overcome by paranoia

2023-12-10T12:58:41.332Z

Highlights: On Netflix, Julia Roberts and Ethan Hawke want to leave the world behind, but they're overcome by paranoia. The couple's dynamic looks like this: he is more tolerant than she is, more impulsive, distrustful, and almost authoritarian. The film never fails to entertain, due to misinformation, clues in a couple of dialogues, and the fact that the four of them know they can't get to the city. They have two children, a teenager, in full hormonal boiling, and a 13-year-old girl, and when they get home they find that the cell phones don't work.


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It's not at all common to see and hear Julia Roberts slutting and saying she hates people. The star of Pretty Woman does it because she is asked to do so by the script of Leaving the World Behind, the film that this Friday uploaded to the Netflix catalog and already tops the list of the most watched movies.

Surely its success is not in Roberts' outbursts, but in the cast – Ethan Hawke, Mahershala Ali, Kevin Bacon and Myha'la (Dumb Money).

And, once the film starts, in the state of permanent tension that is experienced on both sides of the TV, netbook or device from wherever you want to watch it.

It's just that weird things happen that Friday when Amanda (Roberts) wakes up early in New York and decides to rent a house on Long Island for the three-day weekend. It's clear that the routine of the city overwhelms them a bit, especially her. The couple's dynamic looks like this: he is more tolerant than she is, more impulsive, distrustful, and almost authoritarian.

Julia Roberts and Ethan Hawke rent a house on the coast, but strange events occur. Netflix Photos

They have two children, a teenager, in full hormonal boiling, and a 13-year-old girl, and when they get home they find that the cell phones don't work, the phones don't work either, neither the TV nor the iPad where little Rose (Farrah Mackenzie, really, 18 years old) is desperate because she can't watch the latest episode of Friends.

A series of unfortunate events

The bizarre events range from a huge oil tanker heading straight for the beach, where it runs aground, to the appearance, out of nowhere, of dozens of deer in the garden of the house, with a behavior, shall we say, intense.

Hitting the road doesn't seem like the best idea for the family.

And it is added that at night G.H. (Ali) and Ruth (Myha'la) knock on the door, who claim to be the owners of the house and that, since there was a blackout in the city, they decided that they could spend the night there, in their home, since they cannot get to New York.

As the film is told mostly from Amanda's point of view, the doubts immediately arise: will this father and daughter be the owners of the house with a swimming pool?

Myha'la Mahershala Ali ("The Green Book"), Ethan Hawke and Julia Roberts, in the film produced by the Obamas.

It won't be long before we know: it would be a massive cyberattack on the United States.

The novel that Ruman Alaam published in 2020, in the midst of the pandemic, has, of course, paranoia in the face of the unknown at its core.

The plot will cross the "couples", and Amanda and G.H. will have dialogues on their part while Clay and Ruth share a vaporizer in the garden.

The film is told mostly from the point of view of Amanda (Roberts).

The film never fails to entertain, due to misinformation, clues in a couple of dialogues, and the fact that the four of them know they can't get to the city. What to do?

Sam Esmail, the director of Leaving the World Behind, an open-ended thriller, relies on the photography of his usual illuminator, Todd Campbell (some episodes of Stranger Things), was the creator of the series Mr. Robot, with Rami Malek, who would play Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody. Former President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, are two of the producers of the film in which Julia works with Esmail again, after the series Homecoming.

The couple's logic: she is impulsive and he is more tolerant.

Conspiracy theories are always appealing, and that's where the fate of this movie is based.


"Leaving the World Behind"

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Drama/Thriller. United States, 2023. Original title: "Leave the World Behind". 138', SAM 16. Of: Sam Esmail. With: Julia Roberts, Ethan Hawke, Mahershala Ali, Myha'la, Kevin Bacon. Available in: Netflix.

Source: clarin

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