Upside Down | Chicago Reader

Upside Down

Juan Solanas's digital fantasy takes place on twinned planets whose "double gravity" holds them in such close proximity that people can climb from one to the other; these opposite worlds are divided between the upper and lower classes, which occasions a drippy Romeo and Juliet romance between a disadvantaged Jim Sturgess and a privileged Kirsten Dunst. In school, we all learned that gravitation was the pull of a larger object upon a smaller, though in Solanas's case the irresistible pull seems to be whatever gag he's got at the moment (as the lovebirds dine out on the finer planet, martinis have to be sipped from upside-down glasses, and when Sturgess goes into the bathroom to urinate, it winds up on the ceiling). Timothy Spall enlivens this as a crafty engineer in the corporation where Dunst and Sturgess work, but they're all just props in a dream whose logic hasn't been quite worked out.

Credits

Director:

  • Juan Solanas

Cast:

  • Kirsten Dunst
  • Jim Sturgess
  • Timothy Spall
  • James Kidnie
  • Jayne Heitmeyer
  • Holly O'Brien
  • Nicholas Rose
  • Frank Ahearn
  • Vincent Messina
  • Jesse Sherman

Producers:

  • Aton Soumache
  • Alexis Vonarb
  • Dimitri Rassam
  • Claude L├ęger
  • Jonathan Vanger
  • Phil Hope
  • Georges Dayan
  • Emile Amzallag
  • James W. Skotchdopole

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