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Details
Market March 3, 2016    Sold March 23, 2016
Director Sam Boyd
Producer Matt Smith, Richard Arlook
Agent Andrew Murphy, Niki Montazaran (ICM)
Manager Ashley Berns, Daniela Garcia-Brcek (Circle of Confusion)
Production Circle of Confusion, Arlook Group
Loglines
A young man obsessed with taking a one-way trip to Mars after his brother passes away uses the voyage as an excuse to disconnect from the world around him, at least until he develops an unexpected relationship with the life insurance agent underwriting his trip.
A man chosen for a one-way mission to Mars must reconcile that he only wants to leave because he thinks he can escape his problems here on Earth, as he falls in love with a local insurance agent.
A grieving engineer becomes obsessed with escaping Earth to colonise Mars, but as he's training for space, he unwittingly falls in love with the only person capable of grounding him: a life insurance agent who is also a dreamer.
A young, introverted man remains devoted to the idea of becoming an astronaut and Mars colonist, despite the warnings of his family and the dubious nature of the colonization agency.
Format
Film
Hour-Long Serialized
Genres
Drama, Sci-fi, Romantic Comedy, Feel Good/Uplifting, Film, Grief, Heartwarming, Love, Obsession, Small Town, Space/Outer Space
Pages
107
Rated
PG-13
Budget
Medium
Lead
M White 27 Attractive
Similar
The Space Between Us, Lars and the Real Girl, The Silver Linings Playbook
When
Present, over the span of about a month
Where
Small New England town, forest, beach, farm, greenhouse, gardens, elementary school, farmhouse, small town shops

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Synopsis
An old slide projector whirs away as ALEX MCALLISTER (27) rehearses a presentation in front of his friend, DIMITRI (30). In the presentation, Alex explains that he will be among the first to live in a colony on Mars. As Alex leaves and begins his exercise/astronaut training routine, we see that he lives in a sparsely-populated town in Vermont. As he goes down the main street, he rescues town newcomer DAISY TAYLOR (27) from a potato-gun ambush by some local kids. He heads back to his house, where it is revealed that he actually still lives with parents JANE and JEFF MCALLISTER (both 60s). His sister, a high strung PR executive named LIZ MCALLISTER (30), has also driven home from the city to be with the family to witness Alex's big announcement. Alex proudly proclaims that he's not going back to engineering because he's made it to the next round of astronaut selection for the Mission Mars Program, an independent space agency that wants to colonize Mars years before NASA or other big name space agencies. Soon after explaining, Alex gets a call for an interview with the local TV station. Liz expresses her doubts as to the authenticity of...
Reader 1 Comments
OVERALL (RECOMMEND)
“Space Oddity” simultaneously offers a heartfelt and naturalistic love story, but at its core lies a compassionate and compelling meditation on being, and how fear and the inability to grieve often stand in the way of personal growth and resolution. The quirky nature of Alex’s obsession with going to Mars is only skin-deep, as it indicates a more profoundly universal desire for escapism, this acknowledgement of its impossibility offering up great conflict in how Alex is forced to face his fears and repair his relationships. While the concept and its application isn’t particularly unique beyond the more novel aspects of this Mars obsession, the understanding of language and the holistic breadth of emotional communication, through dialogue, action, and body language, creates characters that feel real, contemporary, and elicit deep and instant empathy with a fantastic economy of language and a strong internal conflict shaping a story that is uplifting and feel-good, but not to the expense of real human sincerity....
Reader 2 Comments
OVERALL (RECOMMEND)
In the wake of his brother's death, an aspiring astronaut is accepted to 'Mission Mars', a private organisation that aims to colonise Mars years before NASA gets there. When a quirky life insurance agent comes into his life, he falls in love despite himself, and must choose between his life dream (in space), and love (on Earth). A romantic dramedy that is quirky and heart-warming, with likeable characters and a charming New England small-town setting, that nonetheless shows its hand too soon, making it predictable despite the main character's outlandish objective. There is a missed opportunity for suspense regarding 'Mission Mars', which is delegitimised at the beginning of the film, so there's never any serious possibility the main character will actually travel to Mars. Another way to create tension would be to call into question his mental stability by delaying the reveal of his brother's death, but this issue is not fully explored, either. The result is watered-down conflict that is too easy to overcome, and stakes that are not entirely clear, even if the film is carried forward by strong ensemble characters....
Reader 3 Comments
OVERALL (CONSIDER)
"Space Oddity" is about an intelligent but reserved man desperately wanting to be a Mars colonist, who is slowly brought back down to Earth when he meets the love of his life. Overall, there is something to like here, mostly in regards to its sincerity and earnestness. One man's quest to get to Mars and his blinding devotion to the task is endearing, and the love story behind it also has some genuinely affectionate and cute moments. However, not everything is perfect; there are big issues with realism and conciseness that affect major areas like character, conflict, and dialogue, as well as minor issues like slight tonal imbalances and craft issues, but due to the genuine and authentic feeling that carries throughout, this is worth another pass through, and with changes, could be something pretty special....