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Fermat's Room (2007)
"La habitación de Fermat" (original title)

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Galois
Elena Ballesteros ...
Oliva
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Hilbert
Santi Millán ...
Pascal
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Fermat
Ariadna Cabrol ...
Girl
San Yélamos ...
Girl
Alicia Fernández ...
Girl
Cesc Cornet ...
Boy
Juanma Falcón ...
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Adam Nached ...
Boy
Josep Minguell ...
Doctor
Helena Carrión ...
Librarian
Maria Piedrahita ...
Fermat's Daughter
Víctor Benjumea ...
Gas Station Attendant
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Four mathematicians who do not know each other are invited by a mysterious host on the pretext of resolving a great enigma. The room in which they find themselves turns out to be a shrinking room that will crush them if they do not discover in time what connects them all and why someone might wish to murder them. Written by Luis Piedrahita & Rodrigo Sopeña

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The red wallpaper pattern and the interface of the PDA resemble the layout of the room when seen from overhead, the same as the diagram drawn on the blackboard to figure out how to put the shelves together. See more »

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In the movie it is said that Évariste Galois died at 22. In fact, Évariste Galois died when he was only 20 years old. See more »

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[first lines]
Galois: Do you know what prime numbers are? Because if you don't, you should just leave now.
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During the end credits, all accents are added later than the text appears. The character Hilbert is seen doing that continuously during the movie. See more »

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Te mereces una corona de estrellas (romeras)
Composed by J
Performed by Los Planetas
2007 BMG Music Spain, S.A.
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The numbers don't always add up but the working out is fun.
30 January 2011 | by (Edinburgh.) – See all my reviews

Fermat's Room is an enjoyable thriller that bases itself around a number of mathematical problems but isn't necessarily for mathematicians (the problems are far too easily solved and even I managed to get the answer to most of them) with the focus being on entertainment that the makers hope will be enough to distract viewers from the plot holes.

Four mathematicians who don't know each other find themselves in a room together after solving a mathematical problem and being invited along to solve something much trickier. It soon becomes clear that the room is a trap and the mathematicians are left to solve a number of teasers with a time limit set on each, any excess time taken resulting in a number of BIG presses pushing in the walls of the room slowly but surely towards the ever-decreasing centre.

The acting on display here was very good (Lluis Homar, Federico Luppi and Santi Millan are great as the older, wiser figures while Alejo Sauras and Elena Ballesteros are good enough, if a little unbelievable, as the younger math whizzes) and the puzzle elements are fun but there's a lot here that you have to choose to overlook if you just want to enjoy the whole movie, and that may prove difficult for some people.

Luis Piedrahita and Rodrigo Sopena, who both wrote and directed the film together, have fun with the ideas they throw in the mix and pitch the mathematical teasers more at the level of the audience than the protagonists, which suits me fine. If you had fun trying to guess the answers to the problems in Die Hard With A Vengeance then you should enjoy trying to solve these brainteasers.

As things develop we find out that, of course, there are connections amongst the trapped people and the whole reason for the trap itself is both rather absurd and yet also quite believable when you consider the lengths that people will go to when things concern a lifetime obsession.

You may watch this movie and hate it, you may see every big plothole as a glaring laserbeam trying to damage part of your brain, or you may sit back and enjoy something that tries to put a sheen of university-level intelligence over it's basic high school-level core.


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