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Conceiving Ada (1997)

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Emmy Coer, a computer genius, devises a method of communicating with the past by tapping into undying information waves. She manages to reach the world of Ada Lovelace, founder of the idea ... See full summary »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tilda Swinton ... Ada Augusta Byron King, Countess of Lovelace
Francesca Faridany ... Emmy Coer
Timothy Leary ... Sims
Karen Black ... Lady Byron / Mother Coer
John O'Keefe John O'Keefe ... Charles Babbage
John Perry Barlow ... John Crosse
J.D. Wolfe J.D. Wolfe ... Nicholas Clayton
Owen Murphy Owen Murphy ... William Lovelace
David Brooks David Brooks ... Children's Tutor (David)
Esther Mulligan Esther Mulligan ... Mary Shelley
Ellen Sebastian Ellen Sebastian ... Dr. Fury
Mark Capri ... Dr. Locock
Joe Wemple Joe Wemple ... Priest / Talk Show Host
Chris von Sneidern Chris von Sneidern ... Musician In Elevator
David Eppel David Eppel ... Simon
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Storyline

Emmy Coer, a computer genius, devises a method of communicating with the past by tapping into undying information waves. She manages to reach the world of Ada Lovelace, founder of the idea of a computer language and proponent of the possibilities of the "difference engine." Ada's ideas were stifled and unfulfilled because of the reality of life as a woman in the nineteenth century. Emmy has a plan to defeat death and the past using her own DNA as a communicative agent to the past, bringing Ada to the present. But what are the possible ramifications? Written by James Callan <james@oz.net>

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Drama | Fantasy | Sci-Fi

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Country:

USA | Germany

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 February 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Clone of Ada See more »

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Dolby

Color:

Color

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1.85 : 1
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A director's statement in the film's production notes says that the film was "structured around the idea of a double helix". "Every scene," the notes say, "was structured and shot using a DNA image as a model for actors' placement and camera movement." See more »

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Doctor: The uterus is completely destroyed. All that mathematics was too much for your body.
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References The Piano (1993) See more »

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Strange and surreal, but I liked it.
8 June 1999 | by Hokum-2See all my reviews

Ok, first off *DO NOT* watch this movie if your idea of an independent film is something starring Johhny Depp or Hugh Grant. That said, *DO* watch this movie if you liked 'Pi,' or other movies that were shot on almost no budget, but still somehow manage to mix cinematic exploration of abstract concepts with elements of science fiction. Don't expect to understand this movie the first time you watch it, but after two weeks of mulling it over as you try to get to sleep at night, it'll come to have more meaning.


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