Sunday, 17 November 2013

"Future My Love" (The Guardian 15/11/13)

Future My Love (12A) 97 mins ***

This distinctive, Chris Marker-like essay sees Swedish-born, Glasgow-based filmmaker Maja Borg finding a novel means of getting over heartbreak: checking herself in at the Edenic Florida retreat of social theorist Jacque Fresco, an early proponent of free culture whose most radical idea is that we should abandon money altogether – doing everything for love, not financial reward. Theories that almost certainly sounded naïve pre-2008 are returned to the table: Borg’s conversations with Floridians point up how the present system doesn’t work for them, while archival digressions contrast capitalism’s 1950s golden age with the scrapheaps piling up in its wake. If there’s something self-conscious about the framing – where the director’s often mopey internal monologues threaten to overwrite Fresco’s fleet thinking – the core is provocative and outward-looking: in searching for solutions, both for her own unhappiness and everybody else’s, Borg transforms the personal into the unmistakably political.

Future My Love opens in selected cinemas from today.

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