||[Apr. 10th, 2004|02:10 am]
Timecode - http://us.imdb.com/title/tt0220100/|
Tales of a lesbian's broken heart, a failed marriage, and a production company's meeting, and more . . .
All events play simultaneously on 4 frames of the screen in real-time, with no edits.
Given the general attention span of the general population, this style of film-making will probably never become vogue, unless our society is witness to an advancement in our genetic stock and attention span.
Figgis is responsible for Leaving Las Vegas, a treatment of the final degeneration of an alcoholic.
The acting in Timecode is fair, at best, and sometimes poor. With four running cameras and no edits, it's to be expected. Timecode is more of an experimental film than a regular one. However, the cast of the film leads to some further intrigue. Holly Hunter, Kyle MacLaughlan, Jeanne Tripplehorn, and Salma Hayek are some of the bigger names behind the characters.
The replay value of Timecode is rather immense, as there are four-screens of real-time action.
Some of the interesting moments of the film happen when the characters in one frame merge into another frame and interact with other, related characters. At any given moment of the film, the user possesses the ability to key into one particular frame, with the focus of dominant sound.
Also, I believe Figgis re-shot this film quite a few times, as there is another version of the film that one can watch. The key is the lack of edits, which can be maddening for some. The film's experimental nature probably played worse on the big screen, as the style is more suited for a DVD home system.
For home video viewers, this one's an interesting film for a 3-day weekend and lots of energy and attention. Film students obviously would benefit from the experimental nature of this fairly-new Figgis film.