“I don’t think you have to leave anything behind. Just have a beautiful time like all the other junk litter in the universe, then say goodbye.” An offbeat, slow-moving but ultimately compelling science fiction film directed by Peter Fonda, Idaho Transfer features a relatively unknown cast (besides a young Keith Carradine), desolate landscapes, a powerful ecological message and an extremely bleak ending. Troubled teenager “Karen Braden” (Kelley Bohanon) joins her sister “Isa” (Caroline Hildebrand) and father “George” (Ted D’Arms) at a secret research facility in Idaho. The project involves time travel – specifically sending a group of young adults 56 years into the future in order to repopulate Earth in the wake of an impending ecological apocalypse. When government agents take over the facility, a group of time travelers, including Karen, get trapped in the future. The tagline asks: “Can the future be saved by the ideals of the past?” Idaho Transfer is definitely not for all tastes but every film buff should seek it out.
Useless Trivia: According to IMDb, Bohanon only appeared in one other film, The Christian Licorice Store (1971). Whatever happened to Kelley Bohanon?