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Timecrimes (2007)

Los cronocrímenes (original title)
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A man accidentally gets into a time machine and travels back in time nearly an hour. Finding himself will be the first of a series of disasters of unforeseeable consequences.

Director:

Nacho Vigalondo

Writer:

Nacho Vigalondo
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Cast

Cast overview:
Karra Elejalde ... Héctor
Candela Fernández Candela Fernández ... Clara
Bárbara Goenaga ... La Chica en el Bosque
Nacho Vigalondo ... El Joven
Juan Inciarte Juan Inciarte ... Héctor Ocasional (as Ion Inciarte)
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Storyline

Hector is an ordinary man who's moving to a new house with his wife. One evening, while he's looking through his binoculars, he sees a naked girl in the woods. He decides to go there just to find that same girl laying on a rock. Suddenly, a man with a pink bandage covering his face, stabs Hector in his arm with scissors... Written by Javi Aldereguia

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for nudity and language | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

Spain

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

27 June 2008 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

Timecrimes See more »

Filming Locations:

País Vasco, Spain See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,600,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,351, 14 December 2008

Gross USA:

$38,108
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (alternate DVD)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The shirt that the girl in the forest (Bárbara Goenaga) is wearing depicts Schrödinger's cat. See more »

Goofs

When Nacho Vigalondo is explaining the time travel to Héctor, he draws a Z shape with arrow and two Xs on the back of a calendar. The drawing changes between cuts. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Clara: Hector...
Héctor: It's okay.
[throws the scissors]
Héctor: We still have a while before it starts raining.
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Alternate Versions

There is a linear version of the movie as an extra on the DVD special edition. See more »


Soundtracks

The Ballad of Coconut Wine and Hidden Dragon
Written by Aránzazu Calleja
Performed by Aránzazu Calleja and Lluis Antonio Gomez Martinez
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One Of The Most Intelligent, Thoughtful & Economical Sci-Fi Thrillers Of The Past Decade!
23 October 2015 | by CinemaClownSee all my reviews

Not a horror film in the truest sense, even if its poster deceives into thinking that it might be one, Timecrimes (also called Los Cronocrímenes) is one of the most intelligent, thoughtful & economical sci-fi thrillers to surface on the silver screen in the past decade or so which doesn't allow the limitations imposed by its modest budget to hinder the vision, potential & creativity of its filmmaker.

Set in the Spanish countryside, Timecrimes tells the story of a middle-aged man who, after seeing a young girl undressing in the woods, follows her but is soon attacked by a scissor- wielding man with a pink bandage covering his face. Fleeing from this mysterious attacker, he breaks into a science facility where an unforeseen incident sets in motion a chain of events that result in some terrible consequences.

Written & directed by Nacho Vigalondo, Timecrimes is a cleverly crafted motion picture with a time loop plot that places greater emphasis on its story & characters than other examples of its genre and despite the noticeable absence of visual effects, an undeniable rarity in sci- fi filmmaking, it makes itself work on all levels. The entire plot is character-driven, the twists n turns are brilliantly executed, and all of it ultimately comes together to tie up all the loose ends.

Production design team does a stellar job with its limited budget and manages to put up set pieces that are refined, detailed & believable. The overexposed lighting, high contrast & apt colour tones encapsulate the whole film with an overcast feel. Despite the numerous twists, the story retains its simplicity and unfolds in a smooth manner, music is kept to its minimum and the cast comprises of only four people but all of them deliver convincing performances in their given roles.

On an overall scale, Timecrimes is a real surprise for the way it tackles the very complexity of time travel features and makes efficient use of all the available resources to succeed as an exciting, entertaining & wholly satisfying cinema. The first act inclines towards a slasher movie but as the plot progresses, it heads into the realms of a tragic drama. A thoroughly refreshing, engrossing & thrilling piece of sci-fi filmmaking that keeps its genre elements to its bare minimum, makes more sense than most of its counterparts, and concludes without leaving behind any traces, Timecrimes is absolutely worth your time & money.


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