It’s been a full decade since “Children of Men” introduced us to a fictional near-future in which an infertility pandemic leaves the entire world child-free. (This was somehow presented as a bad thing.) In that time, we’ve had to go without speculative accounts of how society might react to a paradigm shift in childbearing. Well, reader, our long nightmare will soon be over. “No Men Beyond This Point,” a comedic mockumentary that premiered at the Toronto Film Festival last fall, now has a trailer to hold us over until its theatrical release later this year.
Mike Sawers’ film envisions a wave of “fatherless impregnations,” all of which result in female children; after decades of these asexual births, men are on the brink of extinction. Throughout the trailer, we’re introduced to a 37-year-old who is now the youngest man in the world, shown that men aren’t allowed to congregate in groups of more than two and treated to glimpses of the ongoing debate over the crisis. Some think men should be allowed to die off entirely, while others are more conciliatory.
No release date for the comedy starring Patrick Gilmore, Kristine Cofsky, Tara Pratt and Rekha Sharma has been announced yet. It’s probably been a while since you watched “Children of Men,” though, and there’s no time like the present to fix that.