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Timecode (2000)

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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Onyx Richardson
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Victoria Cohen
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Lester Moore
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Sikh Nurse
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Rose
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Renee Fishbine
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Randy
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Drug House Owner
Elizabeth Low ...
Penny - Evan's Assistant
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Bunny Drysdale
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Storyline

The primary story with this movie is that it is shown in four simultaneously filmed ninety-three minute single shot takes (in other words, shown in four quadrants), with the actual plot secondary. The four cameras follow the players involved, with two or more of the four cameras sometimes filming the exact same scene from different angles and thus different perspectives. The audio on each of the four quadrants is turned up and down based on which quadrant(s) the viewer should pay most attention to at any given time. The actual plot, which takes place in Hollywood, involves the pre-production by Red Mullet Productions for the movie "Bitch from Louisiana". The production team is in an executive meeting to discuss several aspects of the movie, including problems with one of their own, Alex Green, who has been missing in action from much of the production and this meeting. Alex's problems stem from his substance abuse and philandering, his wife Emma who is contemplating leaving him, of ... Written by Huggo

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Four cameras. One take. No edits. Real time. See more »

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Drama | Romance

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Rated R for drug use, sexuality, language and a scene of violence | See all certifications »
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28 April 2000 (USA)  »

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$4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

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

Julian Sands based his character on his brother Quentin, who worked as a masseur at one time. See more »

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Cameraman reflected on an elevator door as he follows Emma after the therapist sequence. See more »

Quotes

Alex Green: This is the most pretentious crap I've ever heard.
Ana Pauls: What?
Alex Green: I'm sorry.
Ana Pauls: I'm sorry, could you speak louder, please?
Alex Green: Do you think anybody sitting around this table has a clue about what you're talking about?
Ana Pauls: No, but it's time to educate people.
Alex Green: You know, we think, "This is crap, but we'll do it for you, and then you do our crap." And that'll be the deal.
Bunny Drysdale: Alex, you are way out of line. I brought Anna here and I brought Joey here, and I expect some respect. You're way out of line.
Alex Green: Come on, Bunny...
Ana Pauls: I ...
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References Rope (1948) See more »

Soundtracks

Comfort Of Strangers (instrumental)
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Written by Mike Figgis & Anthony Marinelli
Performed by Mike Figgis & Anthony Marinelli
Produced by Mike Figgis & Anthony Marinelli
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Ridiculously good
7 September 2004 | by (Manchester, England) – See all my reviews

I am pretty sure that I will not see a more jaw-dropping piece of film-making for quite some time. To put the complexity of filming 4 continuous takes simultaneously and in full co-ordination into any perspective, is extremely difficult. And then to have such a dramatic climax at the end of 93 improvised minutes is pretty mind-blowing.

I'm sure plenty of people will scream "pretentious crap" - as the girl suggests in her meeting speech - but the innovative brilliance of this film should be applauded above everything else. For example, little things like how the camera is focused on Skarsgard in the meeting while his wife is having it away with another woman. And then bigger things such as each screen simultaneously focusing in close-up on their characters eyes. Unbelievable.

I'm sure this isn't everybody's cup of tea - some people just don't appreciate the concept of doing something unique and risky. Some people even go as far as criticising Mike Figgis for attempting this - when in truth, this experiment was never likely to reach the masses, so any accusation of arrogance/pretension are pathetic.

As for the story and acting, I have a sneaky suspicion that maybe the sound was turned down on certain screens in post-production when actor's were fumbling or struggling for dialogue, I also thought the sound should have been muted from the other 3 screens while we were focused on one - because at times we get mumbling from all 4 at once, which doesn't work. But none of this detracts from a truly great achievement from all involved - for actors to go 93 minutes undisturbed is very impressive.

A perfectly constructed and co-ordinated film, I am in absolute awe. 10/10


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