Timecode (2000)

R  |   |  Drama  |  28 April 2000 (USA)
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Four frames of simultaneous action that alternately follow a smitten lesbian lover as she obsesses over her partner's dalliances and the tense goings-on of a Hollywood film production company.



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Daphna Kastner ...
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Elizabeth Low ...
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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for drug use, sexuality, language and a scene of violence | See all certifications »




Release Date:

28 April 2000 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Time Code  »

Box Office


$4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$93,148 (USA) (28 April 2000)


$945,041 (USA) (9 June 2000)

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1.85 : 1
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31 May 2000 | by (Long Beach, CA, USA) – See all my reviews

After the atrocious "Loss of Sexual Innocence" you wouldn't think that Figgis could get any more pretentious or heavy-handed; but he manages to do it with "Timecode". It's unwatchable, pointless and serves as a role call for a group of actors and actresses who cannot improvise to save their lives. But then they were saddled with a director who can't direct. The self-reflexive "joke" the film makes about itself toward the end has a pretty sour ring to it: the joke is on the audience who was unfortunate enough to pay money to see it. Figgis has the last laugh. This smug jerk is the same person who made "Leaving Las Vegas"?! It's seems impossible.

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