An in-your-face opening sequence begins an unexpected plot in Noam Kaplan‘s Tribeca 2023 film THE FUTURE. A stinging and smart near-future Minority Report-like plot, the title has a double meaning. At 42, Nurit is a world-renowned profiler amid personal and professional deadlines. Charged with picking the brain of a resistance assassin named Yafa, she is also approaching the final days to choose a surrogate. Is motherhood part of her future?
Dar Zuzovsky plays potential surrogate Maor with a sunshiny disposition that is completely jarring. Something is off, but you can’t quite put your finger on it. Samar Qupty is Yafa. She is whipsmart with an acerbic wit and defensive edge. Her softening mirrors Nurit in real-time. It is a memorable turn. Reymonde Amsellem plays Nurit with a measured tone. She is undeniably brilliant. The dynamic between Nurit and Yafa is fascinating. They are combative, challenging, and yet connect in ways you don’t expect. Their relationship is essential to understanding Nurit’s journey.
Time is a recurring theme; the days counting down to the moon landing, minutes in traffic, and days until surrogacy implantation. Mixed into the ominous score is a repeated sound of a heartbeat. The numerous double meanings in this film are clever. They are unmissable. Effi Cohen Verte’s editing is a wonder. This femme-centric film focuses entirely on women. You never see Nurit’s husband. You only hear his voice. The final scene hits you like a ton of bricks. It is, simply put, genius.
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