WHEELING - An engaged couple's backpacking trip in the Caucasus Mountains is derailed by a single misstep that threatens to undo everything the pair believed about each other and about themselves in "The Loneliest Planet," a breathtaking thriller that will be shown at Towngate Cinema Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 28, 29 and 30.
Alex and Nica 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 hires 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 occurs, 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. All the while, they are not alone. They are always with the guide, who witnesses their every move. The film plays off the relationship between young travelers and the places they travel to, between guide and guided. But at heart, it is a love story - a tale about betrayal, both accidental and deliberate, about masculinity, failure and the ambiguities of forgiveness.
"The Loneliest Planet" is not rated and will be shown at 7 and 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 28; 4, 7 and 9 p.m. Saturday, Dec.29 and 2 and 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 30.
“The Loneliest Planet,” a breathtaking thriller that will be shown at Towngate Cinema, 2118 Market Street, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 28, 29 and 30. The box office opens one hour before all shows and can be reached at 304-233-0820.
Located at 2118 Market Street, Towngate Cinema is easy to find and located just across the street from St. Alphonsus Catholic Church in the historic Centre Market District of Wheeling.
The box office opens one hour before all shows and can be reached at 304-233-0820.