Film Club, June 2021

View the film at your leisure and then join the discussion group to share your views and talk about the movie.


Astronaut Roy McBride (Brad Pitt) travels to the outer edges of the solar system to find his missing father and unravel a mystery that threatens the survival of our planet. His journey will uncover secrets that challenge the nature of human existence and our place in the cosmos.

All the hopes we ever had for space travel… covered up by drink stands and t-shirt vendors.
Just a recreation of what we’re running from on Earth.
We are world-eaters.
If my dad could see this now… he’d tear it all down.

Fun facts:

  • The title means “to the stars” in Latin. It is often used as a shorthand for “Per Aspera Ad Astra” (Through adversity to the stars).
  • Unlike many contemporary films primarily utilizing CGI, director James Gray decided to use practical effects like models and props for the spacecraft exterior shots. Also, he decided to use still images to portray the surface of the planets.
  • The Moon to Mars craft is named Cepheus after a constellation in the northern skies which in turn is named after a king of Aethiopia in a Greek mythology. 


Questions to consider while watching:

  • Director James Gray stated he wanted to portray “the most realistic depiction of space travel that’s been put in a movie”. Do you think this was achieved?
  • Is there a good balance between scenes of human interaction, emotional insight, and action sequences?
  • What were your feelings towards the repeated use of psychiatric evaluations through the film and the insight into Roy’s mental state?
  • Were there any plot twists that particularly struck you?

Note: MULTI Card and PIN required to access Criterion-on-demand.

Also available on DVD and Bluray at the library:



Tuesday, June 29, 2021
Virtual (Zoom) : 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. – English.

Registration required to access videoconferences:
– By email at before 4:00 p.m. on the day of the event (indicate the title and date of the event, along with your e-mail address)
– By telephone at 514-630-1218, ext. 1630


Leave us your comments and thoughts about the movie on this post!

Your librarian Sabrina

One thought on “Film Club, June 2021

  1. Brilliant way to continue the Film Club especially as there are so many films available on Criterion, which is accessible through the library.

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