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Mike Figgis' Time Code offers an interesting experiment in viewing

So simply for its technical freshness, Time Code is eminently watchable, once you get used to the multiple-image composition. But it would be wrong to suggest that this novelty is the film's sole virtue. Despite the temptation to separate completely the technical aspects from the "content," it would be a disservice to do so.

While the story itself may be thin, Figgis' technique allowed the actors to become truly absorbed in their roles, recapturing one of the virtues of stage performance most commonly lost on the big screen. And it provides a theatrical sense of closeness, as though we are bystanders in the midst of the action, only barely managing not to be noticed by the characters.

Not surprisingly, the excellent Skarsgard gives the most compelling performance, but Burrows, whose biggest exposure has been in the action films Deep Blue Sea and Wing Commander, reaches a similar intensity. The reality of the whole setup is convincing enough that, beyond those two, it's hard to single out particular performances. In the best sense, it appears as though we're simply surrounded by a group of real people.

Salma Hayek is an aspiring actress bugged -- literally -- by her jealous lover Jeanne Tripplehorn in Time Code.
Salma Hayek is an aspiring actress bugged -- literally -- by her jealous lover Jeanne Tripplehorn in Time Code.

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Starring Saffron Burrows, Salma Hayek, Stellan Skarsgard, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Holly Hunter, Kyle MacLachlan, Julian Sands, and Steven Weber

Release Date:
May 12

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Directed by Mike Figgis

From a story by Mike Figgis

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