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THE MOVIE: Solaris

THE STARS:
George Clooney • Natascha McElhone
DIRECTOR: Steven Soderbergh

Memories become THE CONCEPT:
Steven Soderbergh’s take on the classic Science Fiction novel by Stanislaw Lem, about a psychologist who is asked to investigate the mysterious behavior of the crew on the space station Prometheus, only to encounter his dead wife.

U.S. RELEASE: November 27 2002, Nationwide
• Rated: PG-13

THE COMMENTS:

STEVEN SODERBERGH:
“This is not an easy film to talk about. I was trying to make something in which I wasn’t being as conscious as I normally am. I was trying to be precise in the esthetic, but I was trying to not be too analytical in an emotional way, because there are scenes in the film that are emotional but they are abstract, and so it’s a tough thing to talk about.”

GEORGE CLOONEY (Dr Chris Kelvin) on all the publicity they he shows his butt in the movie:
“I think that that was orchestrated, if you ask me. It’s not an easy film to sell, and I think there’s a dilemma of how to sell it. So I think they’re just spinning their wheels and trying to find anything that can get some ink.”

STEVEN SODERBERGH:
“It’s hard to talk about the cosmos without getting back to George’s ass at some point!”

JAMES CAMERON:
“This is a brave film from the standpoint of mainstream. There seems to be the sense that everybody seems to be measuring it like it’s another big studio Science Fiction film.”

STEVEN SODERBERGH on Clooney’s performance:
“In my opinion, this film puts George in a totally different category now. I just think George’s performance in this movie is on of the best things I’ve ever had the privilege to watch, and I’ve worked with some really good actors. It was exciting to see somebody who you know well do things that surprise you.”

GEORGE CLOONEY:
: “What makes Solaris relevant today is it deals with the basic issue we constantly question and wonder about: love, death, after-life. The things we don’t have any answers to. We want to define things and those things we can’t define, terrify us. We want to know how high is up, how old is eternity. Everything we know as Humans has limits – a beginning, middle and an end. No one in this story has answers, they just have really good, smart questions.”

NATASHCHA McELHONE (Rheya Kelvin):
“Rheya and Dr Kelvin meet at a part and sparks fly; they’re clearly attracted to one another. They fall in love and marry, and, as what happens in many relationships, they are faced with conflicts that threaten their happiness, despite their efforts to keep it together. There are elements to their love story that are very beautiful, and there are elements which are very destructive. It’s very real in so many ways.”

JAMES CAMERON:
: “This is a Science Fiction film in the old-fashioned literary sense of science fiction, not in the post-Star Wars Science Fiction, which is a genre of futuristic imaginative action, which is really neo myth. Science fiction wasn’t always that. Science fiction was about holding up a mirror to the Human condition, using the offset to another environment provided by the future.”

Written by Judy Sloane. Back to top

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