Movie review: ‘Loneliest Planet’

The story of young engaged Americans hiking across the Caucasus Mountains in the former Soviet republic of Georgia pivots on a horrible, spontaneous lapse of judgment, but then Loktev lets all the tension out of a situation.

Published: January 11, 2013
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Substantial passages of Julia Loktev’s turgid relationship drama “The Loneliest Planet” play like watching grass grow — or more to the point, watching three people hike across that grass in ponderously slow long shots. The story of young engaged Americans hiking across the Caucasus Mountains in the former Soviet republic of Georgia pivots on a horrible, spontaneous lapse of judgment, but then Loktev lets all the tension out of the situation.

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