This sumptuous, big-budget, French-Canadian production is the story of two people, not from opposite sides of the tracks but from two different planets with dual gravity enabling them to orbit each other.
They co-exist, not only through the strict rules of physics that keep them apart, but also through societal laws. The upper world is rich and the lower world is poor, and while it is possible to travel to each planet, interaction between the populations is prohibited.
Adam (Jim Sturgess) is from the lower world and Eden (Kirsten Dunst) from the upper. As children they meet under unusual circumstances but an accident separates them. Ten years later, Adam gets a job on the upper planet and sees Eden again, and desperately wants to meet her despite all the obstacles in his way. Will his desires be stronger than the pull of gravity and the laws of the lands?
In many ways this film draws analogies with contemporary inequalities in our society. The setting is depicted with spectacular special effects to bring these two adjacent planets to life yet never overwhelming the love story at its core.
A fantastic closing night film to round off a wonderful festival.