Rhoda (Brit Marling) is a young woman who has just been accepted to MIT on the same night a new planet has been discovered, coming close to Earth's surface.
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After a night of partying, Rhoda drives home, slamming into the car of John (William Mapother), killing his wife and son. Rhoda goes to prison and, because she's a minor, her records are sealed.
Years later, Rhoda is released. She's unsure of how to reconnect with
society and deal with the changes. One of those changes is the planet - now named Earth 2 - which is said to have an exact clone of everyone on Earth.
She gets a job as a janitor at a school, but is plagued by guilt
regarding John, and one day sets out to apologize to him.
When John answers the door, Rhoda panics, pretending she's offering a
free trial for a maid service. John agrees, and eventually tells her to return the next week.
Over the weeks the two become closer, the two of them opening up to each other for the first time in ages. This leads to a romantic relationship.
One night, Rhoda enters an essay contest to win a trip to Earth 2,
detailing the accident and how she has nothing to live for here. She
wins and tells John, but John feels they have a real potential for
romance. Rhoda finally tells John the truth about who she is.
The two fight, and Rhoda goes off alone. Having lost love, and with
seemingly no prospects, she must grapple with the decision over whether to leave Earth behind and start a new life on Earth 2.