I, Origins @ The Ross

Sofi's Eyes (Astrid Bergès-Frisbey)

Sofi’s Eyes (Astrid Bergès-Frisbey)

Michael Pitt commendably plays Dr. Ian Gray, a brooding molecular biologist who researches the eye; more specific the iris and its one-of-a-kind design. He is so mesmerized by the eye, that he photographs those of his family and random people on the street. Science proves that no two persons have the same eye until Karen (Brit Marling), his eager but introspective research assistant, arrives and when he meets and photographs the eyes of Sofi (Astrid Bergès-Frisbey) his irritating and childlike new-age spiritual love interest.

Ian (Michael Pitt) and Karen (Brit Marling) discuss a theory

Ian (Michael Pitt) and Karen (Brit Marling) discuss a theory

Karen and Sofi are like a pair of eyes, each viewing life in different shades and tones. Sofi sees the world through her own take on spirituality; this view shakes up Ian’s world … almost causing an identity crisis. In New York, they are all over each other in the hustle and bustle of the city so much that they get carried away into the courthouse intent on marrying. But they have to wait 24 hours. At that time, Karen interrupts with a scientific discovery, and in the lab, Karen meets Sofi, and each woman rightly sizes the other up. The marriage between the spiritual (Sofi) and the scientific (Ian) does not happen as tragedy strikes Sofi. Karen and Ian or “science and science” marry and start a family. It is a well-delivered pairing, and one that provides the shift from romance to a relationship of scientific inquiry: what if another person has the same set of eyes someone where out there? Is it possible? Ian travels to New Delhi, India to uncover the truth. What he finds will warm your heart.

Ian (Pitt) and Sofi (Astrid Bergès-Frisbey) on their first date

Ian (Pitt) and Sofi (Astrid Bergès-Frisbey) on their first date

Cahill’s I, Origins is an interesting tale, but Astrid Berges-Frisbey’s appearance is like hearing nails on a chalkboard; it was nice when she was offscreen. Brit Marling’s performance is like a spa treatment on a balmy Saturday morning as she inhabits a character who is grounded in her own confidence. The feeling of the movie, itself? Well, think of pouring molasses over a biscuit as you sit in an outside café in the winter … yes! It’s that slow!

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I, Origins plays through August 14 at The Ross Media Arts Center in Lincoln.

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