Timecode

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Sony Pictures Home Entertainment Released 2000

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Director:
Mike Figgis
Released:
2000
Rating:
R
Timecode is the 2000 experimental drama that sought to and succeeded in pushing the boundaries of conventional narrative storytelling. With Timecode, the medium basically is the message. If viewers pay attention to what's going on, there's a pretty simple Hollywood plot: There's a lesbian couple (Selma Hayek ' Desperado, From Dusk Til Dawn, Frida - and Jeanne Tripplehorn, Basic Instinct), a Hollywood producer (Stellan Skarsgard), his girlfriend (Saffron Burrows), and a variety of hangers on. There are four earthquakes and any number of emotional revelations and if audiences are watching everything that's going on, they're probably missing what's really going on with the film. Timecode is about the experiment. It's about director Mike Figgis shooting on digital video and shooting four different actions, nonstop, for 93 minutes. The cameras follow the characters, intertwine, swoop, and swivel, but they never cut away. It's all real time. The dialogue was apparently largely improvised out of extensive rehearsal.

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  • 90

    The New York Times Dana Stevens

    It's amazing to see a film so brazenly experimental, so committed to reflecting on the circumstances and techniques of its making, that is at the same time so intent upon deliverin...

  • 90

    Variety Dennis Harvey

    If the satire feels familiar, and the dramatics often contrived, there's rarely a moment here when something funny, intense or cleverly interconnected doesn't keep one's synapses f...

  • 80

    Los Angeles Times Kevin Thomas

    A clever way of providing crucial layering and heightening a hip, satirical take on bad old Hollywood ways.

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