"Coherence" is a mind-bending science fiction thriller that delves into the mysteries of parallel universes and the unpredictability of human nature. Directed by James Ward Byrkit, the film unfolds over the course of a single night, where a group of friends gathers for a dinner party.
As the night progresses, a comet passing overhead causes a series of bizarre and unsettling events, leading the group to confront alternate realities and versions of themselves.
- Release Date: June 20, 2014 (limited release)
- Duration: 89 minutes
- Rating: Not Rated
- Country of Origin: United States
Cast & Crew
- Main Cast
- Emily Baldoni as Em
- Maury Sterling as Kevin
- Nicholas Brendon as Mike
- Lorene Scafaria as Lee
- Director: James Ward Byrkit
- Producers: Lene Bausager, Alyssa Byrkit, and Alex Manugian
- Writers: James Ward Byrkit (story and screenplay) and Alex Manugian (story)
Where to Watch
United States (US)
There are currently no streaming offers in the US.
Stream: Movie lovers in the US can stream the film on Amazon Prime Video.
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United Kingdom (GB)
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Stream: In the UK, the movie is available for streaming on the Shudder Amazon Channel.
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Buy/Rent: Germans can purchase or rent the film on Apple TV.
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There are currently no streaming offers in the FR.
Stream: Currently, there are no streaming options available in France.
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There are currently no streaming offers in the CA.
Stream: Canadians can enjoy streaming the movie on Amazon Prime Video, MUBI, and AMC+ Amazon Channel.
Buy/Rent: The film is available for purchase or rent on Apple TV.
- Production Company: Bellanova Films and Ugly Duckling Films
- Filming Locations: Primarily set in a single house, the film was shot in California, USA.
- Budget: Estimated to be around $50,000, showcasing the film's ability to deliver a compelling narrative with limited resources.
- Box Office Collection: While "Coherence" was a limited release and didn't garner massive box office numbers, it has since gained a cult following and is often praised for its unique storytelling and innovative approach to the science fiction genre.
Awards & Nominations
"Coherence" received acclaim for its originality and thought-provoking narrative. Some notable recognitions include:
- Won: Sitges - Catalonian International Film Festival - Best Screenplay for James Ward Byrkit (2013)
- Nominated: Fantastic Fest - Next Wave Spotlight Competition, Best Picture (2013)
- Nominated: Fright Meter Awards - Best Screenplay (2014)
Reviews & Reception
- Critical Reception: "Coherence" was lauded by critics for its cerebral approach to the science fiction genre. The film's intricate plot, combined with its claustrophobic setting, was praised for creating an atmosphere of tension and unease.
Critics also appreciated the film's ability to weave a complex narrative without relying on high-budget special effects or grandiose set pieces.
Rotten Tomatoes gives the film an approval rating of 88% based on reviews from critics, with the consensus reading, "A pleasant surprise for sci-fi fans, Coherence effectively utilizes its low-budget aesthetics to create a tense thriller that's as cerebral as it is jolting."
- Audience Reception: The film resonated with audiences who appreciated thought-provoking cinema. Many viewers found themselves discussing and dissecting the film's events long after the credits rolled.
Its intricate plot and the philosophical questions it raises about identity, reality, and choice have made it a favorite among fans of the genre.On IMDb, the film holds a rating of 7.2/10, indicating its positive reception among general audiences.
- Box Office Performance: While "Coherence" didn't break box office records due to its limited release, its success can be measured by its lasting impact and the discussions it continues to inspire. Its low-budget nature and the return on investment, both in terms of financial gain and cultural impact, make it a standout in independent filmmaking.