MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 586 this week

Code 46 (2003)

R  |   |  Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi  |  17 September 2004 (UK)
6.3
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.3/10 from 17,219 users   Metascore: 57/100
Reviews: 147 user | 129 critic | 33 from Metacritic.com

A futuristic 'Brief Encounter', a love story in which the romance is doomed by genetic incompatibility.

0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Instant Video

ON DISC

IMDb Picks: April

Visit our IMDb Picks section to see our recommendations of movies and TV shows coming out in April.

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 35 titles
created 05 Feb 2012
 
a list of 39 titles
created 08 Sep 2012
 
a list of 39 titles
created 18 Sep 2012
 
a list of 28 titles
created 27 May 2013
 
a list of 35 titles
created 11 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Code 46" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Code 46 (2003)

Code 46 (2003) on IMDb 6.3/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Code 46.

User Polls

4 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Rosie and Vincent know each other for ten years, and are married for five. She doesn't like her job, he isn't too pleased working with her dad. They're trying to have a baby. One morning ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Winterbottom
Stars: Christopher Eccleston, Dervla Kirwan, Yvan Attal
In This World (2002)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

In February 2002 in the Shamshatoo Refugee Camp in the North West Frontier Province in Pakistan, there are 53,000 refugees living in sub-human conditions since 1979 with the Soviet Union ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Winterbottom
Stars: Jamal Udin Torabi, Enayatullah, Imran Paracha
Wonderland (1999)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

There's little wonder in the working-class lives of Bill, Eileen, and their three grown daughters. They're lonely Londoners. Nadia, a cafe waitress, places personal ads, looking for love; ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Winterbottom
Stars: Shirley Henderson, Gina McKee, Molly Parker
Everyday I (2012)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

This film charts the relationship between a man imprisoned for drug smuggling and his wife and is being shot over the course of five years, a few weeks at a time.

Director: Michael Winterbottom
Stars: Shirley Henderson, John Simm, Shaun Kirk
Biography | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

In 1976, Tony Wilson sets up Factory Records and brings Manchester's music to the world.

Director: Michael Winterbottom
Stars: Steve Coogan, Lennie James, John Thomson
Comedy | Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Byeong-gu believes that the world is on the verge of an alien invasion, and sets out to save the world.

Director: Joon-Hwan Jang
Stars: Ha-kyun Shin, Yun-shik Baek, Jeong-min Hwang
Comedy | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Eunice is walking along the highways of northern England from one filling station to another. She is searching for Judith, the woman, she says to be in love with. It's bad luck for the ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Winterbottom
Stars: Amanda Plummer, Kathy Jamieson, Saskia Reeves
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Mariane Pearl embarks on a frantic search to locate her journalist husband, Daniel, when he goes missing in Pakistan.

Director: Michael Winterbottom
Stars: Angelina Jolie, Dan Futterman, Irrfan Khan
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A West Texas deputy sheriff is slowly unmasked as a psychotic killer.

Director: Michael Winterbottom
Stars: Casey Affleck, Kate Hudson, Jessica Alba
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Director Michael Winterbottom (Northam) attempts to shoot the adaptation of Laurence Sterne's essentially unfilmable novel, "The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman."

Director: Michael Winterbottom
Stars: Steve Coogan, Jeremy Northam, Rob Brydon
Under the Sun (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Director: Michael Winterbottom
Stars: Arturo Venegas, Kate Hardie, Caroline Catz
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

The story of two Scottish "squaddies" (young, trainee soldiers) who hitchhike to Budapest to go to a concert of the band Simple Minds. The film is a love triangle between the two soldiers and one beautiful Hungarian girl.

Director: Michael Winterbottom
Stars: Ewen Bremner, Brian McCardie, Zsuzsanna Várkonyi
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
Driver
Nabil Elouahabi ...
Vendor
...
Sarah Backhouse ...
Weather Girl
Jonathan Ibbotson ...
Boxer
...
Sphinx Receptionist
...
Bahkland
Emil Marwa ...
Mohan
...
Wole
...
Bikku
...
Paul
Lien Nguyin ...
Singer in Nightclub
David Fahm ...
Damian Alekan
...
Sylvie
Edit

Storyline

Code 46 is a love story set in a Brave New World-type near-future where cities are heavily controlled and only accessible through checkpoints. People cannot travel unless they have "papeles" (papers in Spanish; words and sentences in many languages, especially Spanish, French and Chinese are mixed with English in this new world), a special travel permit issued by the totalitarian government, the "Sphinx". Outside these cities, the desert has taken over and shanty towns are jammed with non-citizens - people without IDs forced to live primitive lives. William is a family man who works as a government investigator. When he is sent to Shanghai to solve a case of fake IDs, he meets a woman named Maria. Although he realizes she is behind the forgeries, he cannot help but fall completely in love with her. He hides her crime and they have a wild, passionate affair that can only last as long as his visa: 24 hours. Back home, William is obsessed with the memory of Maria. When the original ... Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

How do you solve a crime when the last thing you want to know is the truth? See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for a scene of sexuality, including brief graphic nudity | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

17 September 2004 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Código 46  »

Box Office

Budget:

$7,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$20,170 (USA) (6 August 2004)

Gross:

$197,148 (USA) (27 August 2004)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Code 46 refers to the 22 chromosome pairs, plus the two sex chromosomes in human beings. See more »

Goofs

The numerous seeming "errors in geography" are actually an intentional artistic choice. Because the film is set in a future where global cultures have become thoroughly merged, Michael Winterbottom purposely blended footage shot in Shanghai, Dubai and Rajastahn so that Shanghai has a desert outside it, etc. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Title Card: code 46 / article 1 / any human being who shares the same nuclear gene set as another human being is deemed to be genetically identical. the relations of one are the relations of all. / due to IVF, DI embryo splitting and cloning techniques it is necessary to prevent any accidental or deliberate genetically incestuous reproduction. / therefore: / i. all prospective parents should be genetically screened before conception. if they have 100%, 50% or 25% genetic identity, they are not...
See more »

Connections

Featured in Obtaining Cover: Inside Code 46 (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

Row Row Row The Boat
Traditional
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
The plot is almost secondary for such a great deal of the film and you can't really get a feel for what it is actually about.
14 March 2004 | by (Birmingham, UK) – See all my reviews

I had the pleasure and the privilege of attending a screening of this film recently. It had been unveiled in an incomplete state at the Venice film festival and in a more complete state at the Rotterdam festival last year. It has since been re-edited and was played for the first time to close the Birmingham Screen Festival ahead of its worldwide release later in the year (probably August/September).

It is the newest collaboration between British director and writer team, Michael Winterbottom and Frank Cottrell Boyce. It stars Tim Robbins and upcoming British actress Samantha Morton (Minority Report, In America, Morvern Callar).

It is set in a near future where a worldwide law (Code 46) makes the marriage of two people with genetic similarities illegal. The idea is that many cloned embryos are produced by IVF and so there are a number of genetically identical people in the world. So the potential is there for you to meet someone who is genetically related to you, so everyone must be screened before they marry. Any births resulting from Code 46 liaisons are terminated.

The plot is almost secondary for such a great deal of the film and you can't really get a feel for what it is actually about until very close to the end, and that is what made it so refreshing for me. It was more about the feel of the places, the emotions of the two characters (Robbins and Morton) and their developing relationship. You really don't know much about this futuristic society that people are now living in, or why it came to be like that. It reminded me of Hitchcock in that he would have a plot feature that was necessary for the whole story to take place, but it was almost secondary to the story itself (Hitch called it 'the macguffin'). An example of this is the stolen diamonds in North By Northwest.

In those respects it reminded me of Lost In Translation in that it was more about some subconcious feeling you got from the film, the characters and the whole atmosphere than about plot points. It makes it confusing and you wonder whether you'll get to the end without knowing anything, but when the end comes you've found yourself having actually picked up lots of information unwittingly. And more importantly, you really feel for and love the two characters. And I really loved the fact that while the film doesn't end on a low point, it isn't the happy ending you might expect (and indeed hope) of the two characters.

The obvious references are similar films like Blade Runner and Brave New World, but while it is a futuristic setting its not doused in sci-fi overtones. It looks fresh and stylish and is the result of shooting partly on film and partly on DV and utilising numerous digital effects. The very low budget of the film also meant that they couldn't build any large sets, so instead the film is made entirely on location (Shanghai, middle east and Westminster tube station in London).

We were treated to a Q&A with one of the actors and with the producer who gave a great deal of insight into the film, and I for one left the cinema feeling very lucky to have seen it.

When its in cinemas later in the year I recommend you go and see it. I know for a certainty that a lot of people won't like it because it lacks those obvious plot points from the outset, but instead it doesn't take you by the hand to its conclusion.

One of my new favourite films I'm sure.


92 of 116 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Runthrough htotheftotheo
Why not just sterilize them? WatchAnythingOnce
I love this movie so much charlesweisinger
Discuss Code 46 (2003) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?