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Film / Juan in a Million

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Juan in a Million (Also called The Silent Earth) is a 2012 Science Fiction Drama film.

Juan Pablo Garcia of Santiago, Chile prepares his video application to Harvard, then takes a nap. When he leaves to go to a party that evening, he finds the entire city was empty. For several weeks he searches the city to discover what has happened.

No relation to the trope Million-to-One Chance, nor connection to The Tube's 1983 hit "She's a Beauty" ("One in a million girls...")

Tropes in this Film

  • The Aloner: Juan is this. As is Cristobal
  • Cosy Catastrophe: The power, water and utilities stay on - most surprisingly the Internet still works. The stores, even after a few weeks, are full of edibles.
  • Depopulation Bomb: In Santiago, Chile.
  • Despair Event Horizon: Juan reaches this in a scene where he flips out on the viewer. Then in the next scene he says he's finally leaving the city - Sadly it means he's Driven to Suicide.
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  • Driven to Suicide: Juan attempts. Cristoball may have intended it.
  • Epunymous Title: On "One in a million".
  • Filler: Long shots of Juan exploring without really revealing anything. Long, long shots.
  • Flashback: We get one when Christoball is introduced, though until the flashback finishes it's hard to tell if it's a flashback or after Christobal ran from Juan.
  • Gainax Ending: At the end you still have no idea what's really going on. Evidently something is going on with the larger world, but we're not told what it is.
  • Go Mad from the Isolation: Juan, but more so Cristoball.
  • Low-Angle Empty World Shot: Most long shots make sure buildings block the action. You can tell a lot of photography was taken on Sundays or in the early morning.
  • No Ending: Nope. You're told there's something larger going on. Juan packs up a car and finally leaves town. A girl wakes up alone in Rio De Jenerio. Movie ends.
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  • Oceanic Airlines: The plane tickets Cristoball has are for Oceanic Airlines.
  • Product Placement: Land Rover.
  • Whole Plot Reference: To The Quiet Earth. Man wakes up finding the world empty of people. Man searches fruitlessly. Man goes crazy from the isolation. Man finally finds another person. Man finally takes matters into his own hands and ends up in an ending that doesn't make much sense.