By: Monteque Pope-Le Beau
“I’d like to tell you the story of the eyes that changed this world.”
“I origins” is a beautifully told story which journeys into the unknown. It’s exploration of religion, evolution, eternal love, death and reincarnation is a fascinating experience of the visual senses. It is both spiritual and thought provoking.
Ian Gray (Michael Pitt), is a logical and analytical forward thinking molecular biologist who is on a mission to disprove the theory of intelligent design. He plans to disprove it with his study of the evolution of the eye. On his way to proving his theory with his assistant Karen (Brit Marling), he meets a mysterious woman at a Halloween costume party. After they become intimate in a bathroom at the party, the mysterious women disappears; leaving Ian only with the picture he has taken of her unique eyes. It takes a series coincidental events which guide Ian to the mysterious woman again. It is true love with flaws. Sofi (Astrid Berges-Frisbey) is a free spirit who believes in the soul and creation, but Ian takes offense to her ideas which he thinks are absurd and ridiculous. Even though the two are at opposite ends in their beliefs, they still love each other and want to get married. It is a freak accident which ends the life of Sofi and put Ian on a different path.
Then several years later Ian who is by now a successful scientist, author, husband and father comes across evidence that reincarnation is real and there is a possibility it can be proven it sends him on the journey to find Priya (Archie Panjabi) a girl in India who possesses the same eyes as Sofi. The journey in which Ian embarks on isn’t just scientific, but a journey which will question everything he believes in and in the end perhaps caused him to look at life and universe a bit differently.
“I Origins” was written, directed, and produced by Mike Cahill. He also did “Another Earth” which premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. I Origins premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival.
I Origins 107 min
Director: Mike Cahill
Screenwriter: Mike Cahill