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I Origins is a movie with many sides: an existential romance, a story packed with with facts and figures but at the same time open to coincidence and, simply, a well-acted film. Your level of satisfaction depends on your willingness to follow (or swallow) the breadcrumbs director Mike Cahill litters throughout.

To blur the lines between what we know and what we believe, Hill focuses on a story of a sceptic and a spiritualist. Ian (Michael Pitt) is a molecular biologist studying the evolution of the eye. Sofi (Astrid Bergès-Frisbey) is an alluring French model who flits through life like a plastic bag bouncing in the breeze.

What sets I Origins apart is the artful and non-precious way Cahill captures the action. Sofi and Ian's playful pillow talk is so intimate you almost feel like a voyeur. The results of another scene were so starkly terrifying they left me gasping. Which is why the occasional note of ham-fisted exposition - such as the character Karen (played Brit Marling) pretty much spelling out the thesis of the film - rings false.

Beginning with the film Another Earth director Mike Hill has built a career on his uniquely slender brand of sci-fi. This is the theatre of What If? The question is not so much whether you accept the data points, but enjoy the emotional ripple effects that follow.

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