Alex (Gael Garcia Bernal) and Nica (Hani Furstenberg) are young, in love and engaged to be married. The summer before their wedding, they are backpacking in the Caucasus Mountains in Georgia. The couple hire a local guide to lead them on a camping trek, and the three set off into a stunning wilderness, a landscape that is both overwhelmingly open and frighteningly closed. Walking for hours, they trade anecdotes, play games to pass the time of moving through space. And then, a momentary misstep, a gesture that takes only two or three seconds, a gesture that's over almost as soon as it begins. But once it is done, it can't be undone. Once it is done, it threatens to undo everything the couple believed about each other and about themselves.
Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
It is gripping and haunting, but also coy and elusive.A.O. Scott, New York Times, 10.25.2012
Shot on location by cinematographer Inti Briones, "Planet" is a piece of art even without Bernal and Furstenberg, who are like moving portraits of themselves in this film.Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times, 10.25.2012
Though it's not without virtues, "The Loneliest Planet" may try the patience of even the most dedicated lovers of art film.Walter V. Addiego, San Francisco Chronicle, 11.01.2012
Loktev has written and directed with a haunting emphasis on the shortcomings of some interpersonal communication.Wesley Morris, Boston Globe, 11.01.2012