Martin (Elijah Wood), a PhD student in mathematics, enrolls at Oxford in the hope of meeting his mentor, Professor Arthur Seldom (Sir John Hurt). The young man manages to find lodging at Mrs. Eagleton's (Anna Massey's), but in this house, a stifling atmosphere prevails due to the landlady's attitude. Indeed Mrs. Eagleton, who happens to be a friend of Seldom's, is a haughty and unsympathetic woman who also stifles her daughter Beth (Julie Cox). At the university, things do not fare much better as Martin is put in his place by his idol during one of Seldom's lectures. But his private life changes for the best as he starts an affair with Lorna (Leonor Watling), a beautiful girl he met during a game of squash. One night, Seldom and Martin, who find themselves at Mrs. Eagleton's, discover her dead body. They are interrogated by the Police. Soon afterwards, they decide to lead their own private investigation.
Motion Picture Rating
Rated R for language, sexual content/nudity and some violence/disturbing images
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Did You Know?
(At around one hour and eight minutes) Professor Arthur Seldom (Sir John Hurt
) dresses as Guy Fawkes for Guy Fawkes Day. In V for Vendetta
(2005), a fake V removes his Guy Fawkes mask, revealing himself to be Adam Sutler, played by Sir John Hurt. See more
(at around 20 mins) During the camera panning, when Martin is riding his bike and parks it by the fence and passes the tree, the camera cues anew. Martin's arm nearest the camera after he exits the tree does not match the way it was positioned when he entered behind the tree. See more
There is no way of finding a single absolute truth, an irrefutable argument which might help answer the questions of mankind. Philosophy, therefore, is dead, because whereof we cannot speak, thereof we must be silent.
The background to the credits sequence is a representation of a blackboard full of equations and mathematical formulae. See more
The King of Denmark's Galiard
Written by John Dowland
Performed by The Forge Players featuring Freddie Wadling
Courtesy of Warner Music See more