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Remote (2010)

 -  Short | Thriller  -  23 April 2010 (USA)
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Temporarily connected in time, a man tries to prevent the murder of a young woman, living in his house 30 years in the past.

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Matt
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Justine
George Komorowski ...
Mr. Wilkinson
Peter Racanelli ...
Henry
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J. Townsend
Nadia Di Carlo
Chris Willis ...
Weatherman
Mark Sanders ...
Rick Rogan
Ellen Silverthorne
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On a cold February night, Matt loses his cable signal during a severe snowstorm. He's left with channel after channel of static, until he comes across a station that is the mirror image of his apartment, but 30 years in the past. He soon discovers that he can communicate with Justine, the young woman residing in the apartment on the television. As the two get to know each other, Matt discovers that Justine died on that very night 30 years ago. Can he change her fate? Written by Marc Roussel

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The short film "Remote" makes a cameo in the upcoming thriller by oscar nominated director Atom Egoyans "Devils Knot" The movie plays in the background when the alleged West Memphis three are taken into custody from their trailer. See more »

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5 October 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I saw this yesterday as part of the Dark Carnival Film Festival in Bloomington, Indiana. It has some interesting ideas injected into a well-worn theme, and I like that director/writer Roussel used a television set as the medium for the plot. How many of us have not played with the idea of interacting with someone in the set? The main characters are quickly established as likable--important in a short! I thought the film was well acted and had decent production values. Overall, the pacing was quite good, although I think one section in the second half takes too long to establish its point. There is one breathtaking moment I didn't see coming at all, although the circumstances that set it up to happen seem a bit too hard to buy, in retrospect. (I can't say more without spoiling that part.) I don't understand enough about physics and math (despite a long relationship with SF) to get the various arguments about alternate time lines, so I won't go there much. The only thing that I had a quibble with was the photo--I don't see how it was possible that it was sent to Matt. Otherwise, I bought the set-up and most of the details. A nicely handled ending, too. This is Roussel's third venture into directing, I believe, and I hope he does more.


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