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Directed by Robert Zemeckis

United States 1997 149 mins. In English

Adapted from the Carl Sagan novel of the same name, Zemeckis’ film is a landmark in the big-budget Hollywood sci-fi realm for its in-depth focus on a female researcher and reluctant astronaut, Dr. Ellie Arroway (Jodie Foster in a career-best role), as well as its relentless insistence on asking broad questions about the nature of existence. Ellie, who has devoted her life to the search for extraterrestrial life, lives a lonely professional and personal life, but when a seemingly random transmission from the stars comes through—after years of waiting—she must directly face that which seemed impossible. An alternately terrifying, breathtaking, and technically-inventive look into one woman’s journey into the unknown, Contact “tells the smartest and most absorbing story about extraterrestrial intelligence since Close Encounters of the Third Kind.”—Roger Ebert.

Genres: Sci-Fi

Appears in: Wordstock: Film to Page