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Future My Love (3 stars)

Timely and thought-provoking experimental documentary about alternatives to corporate capitalism

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Future My Love

Edinburgh College of Art graduate Maja Borg’s feature debut, an experimental documentary made with the support of the Scottish Documentary Institute, grew out of the Swedish filmmaker’s earlier short film, Ottica Zero. In that film, Borg documented the experiences of her lover, the Italian actress Nadya Cazan, as she went in search of a new way of living her life. In America, Cazan and Borg met the 95-year-old ‘futurist’ Jacque Fresco, who has developed an alternative economic model that does away with money and replaces it with a resource-based economy, something he has put into practise in a community project in Venus, Florida. Meeting Fresco inspired Borg to make a film about what we might replace bankrupt corporate capitalism with, but it also advances the sobering notion that whatever that is, in order to achieve it, humankind needs to overcome its inability to learn from past mistakes and embrace change.

What might have been a conventional documentary about the global economy in crisis, turns out to be something altogether more thought-provoking and emotionally engaging. Casting about for a way to personalise such an enormous topic, Borg opts to relate the way in which societies recognise economic problems but fail to do anything about them with the way in which individuals suffer in romantic relationships. So we have a series of interviews about economic issues with various thinkers, most notably Fresco, plus a good deal of archive footage, into which are woven a series of more poetic sequences that represent Borg’s own personal life and the end and aftermath of her relationship with Cazan.

The admirable ambition of Borg's project isn't quite matched by her realisation of it, but Future My Love succeeds in being both a timely and also hopeful film. And it goes beyond being simply of the moment by attempting to set the big historical events currently unfolding before us against universal – and time-less – musings on the nature of human relationships.

Future My Love is screening as part of Edinburgh International Film Festival, Thurs 21 Jun 18:05 and Fri 29 Jun 20:30.

Future My Love

  • 3 stars
  • 2012
  • UK, Sweden
  • 93 min
  • Directed by: Maja Borg
  • UK release: 15 November 2013

This experimental documentary explores the solutions to the financial collapse as proposed by 95-year-old futurist Jacque Fresco.

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