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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

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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Piensa o muere (Think or die) See more »

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Mystery | Thriller

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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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$1,028,290
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Dolby Digital

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Color
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Trivia

When working on the puzzle that revolves around two guards where one always lies and one always tells the truth, Oliva remarks that she remembers this from a movie. She's referring to the movie Labyrinth (1986) in which the character Sarah (Jennifer Connelly) had to solve the same problem. See more »

Goofs

None of the supposedly super-intelligent characters ever thinks of using various small hard objects as wedges at the junctures of moving walls. Also, they waste time moving heavy furniture around instead of breaking out the obviously wooden entrance door before it disappears. See more »

Quotes

[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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Original and ingeniously basic premise full of suspense and intrigue
13 February 2009 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

This freaky and clever film chronicles fear , suspicion , desperation , paranoia of four mathematics (Elena Ballesteros , Alejo Sauras , Santi Millan and Luis Homar) completely strangers who are reunited in a Kafkaesque room by a mysterious host named Fermat (Federico Luppi) on the pretext of resolving a great enigma . Each one plays a part in their thrilling quest to find answers to why they've been imprisoned . The widely varying personality characteristics work together utilizing their given abilities and talents to survive the deadly trap which guards the colored room . 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.

The picture succeeds because the thriller , tension , suspense , as well as a superbly written script delving into the human psyche in such extreme situation and ours instinctive urges for survival . Despite its low budget the picture manages to be intelligent , intriguing and thrilling . The good thing about this film is that the directors made it on a shoestring budget only having to do one set , yet the movie works on many levels but is constantly reconfigured . ¨Fermat's room¨ bears special resemblance to ¨The cube¨ (by Vicenzo Natali) , as there's also a dangerously premise about strangers closed attempting to find an exit and resolving enigmas and using their mathematical skills they press forward and backward through the walls to avoid get smashed because the room is reducing itself . Cast is frankly well giving fine performances , though little known with exception the veterans Federico Luppi (Cronos) who holds a strong Argetinean accent and Luis Homar (Backwoods , Los Borgia) . This motion picture relatively cheap was tautly directed by Luis Piedrahita and Rodrigo Sopeña in his first and only movie because they're usually writers for television . This is without a doubt a thought-provoking and mysterious film to be liked for suspense fans , turning out to be one of the most original Spanish movies of the last years . Rating : Better than average .


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