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Fermat's Room (2007)

La habitación de Fermat (original title)
Not Rated | | Mystery, Thriller | 16 November 2007 (Spain)
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4 mathematicians are invited to solve an enigma. Once there, they're locked in a mechanically shrinking room and given 1 minute to solve each puzzle via cellphone while also figuring out why they're there.
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Alejo Sauras ... Galois
Elena Ballesteros Elena Ballesteros ... Oliva
Lluís Homar ... Hilbert
Santi Millán ... Pascal
Federico Luppi ... Fermat
Ariadna Cabrol ... Girl
San Yélamos San Yélamos ... Girl
Alicia Fernández ... Girl
Cesc Cornet Cesc Cornet ... Boy
Juanma Falcón Juanma Falcón ... Boy
Adam Nached Adam Nached ... Boy
Josep Minguell Josep Minguell ... Doctor
Helena Carrión Helena Carrión ... Librarian
Maria Piedrahita Maria Piedrahita ... Fermat's Daughter
Víctor Benjumea Víctor Benjumea ... Gas Station Attendant
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Storyline

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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Country:

Spain

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

16 November 2007 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

A Sala de Fermat See more »

Filming Locations:

Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain See more »

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Dolby Digital

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Trivia

When Galois is showing off to the young women about how every even number is the sum of 2 prime numbers, he chooses the number on the license plate of a nearby random car. But when he picks up Hilbert, he is driving this car, so of course he already knew the "solution" to this large number on his own car. 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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References MacGyver: Hell Week (1987) See more »

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Experimentos con gaseosa
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Potential, but Generic
2 March 2015 | by MattBirkSee all my reviews

Unfortunately Fermat's Room adds nothing new to the idea of trapping a group of people in a single room and having them slowly piece together how they know one another. The general premise of course sounds interesting (at least to me) a shrinking room and four mathematicians must solve their way out. But the problem begins right there, they are only given one minute per question, which makes it damn near impossible for the audience to keep up. Not to mention when they begin to work out the problems on the chalkboard, the camera hardly ever puts it in frame, which would have been great for the audience to kind of sole the problem along with the characters.

But instead the movie shifts focus away from the riddles/enigmas and focuses on them trying to figure out who has put them there and why. This is where Fermat's Room becomes derivative and generic, this is very familiar territory for this type of movie and it is spun in an unengaging way. I personally would have enjoyed focuses more on the enigmas and trying to include the audience more (possibly by giving the characters more time to solve them).

And the unfortunate aspect of the movie is the Spanish subtitles, they were very fast moving which didn't help things (Just something that was unavoidable sadly). Like when the characters are dissecting the enigmas, the lines of dialogue moved too quickly to follow along with how they were solving the problem.

But when all is said and done, Fermat's Room is an interesting, little thriller that has just enough distinction from other films in the genre to make it worth mentioning.


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