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Samantha Morton, Tim Robbins Om Puri, Jeanne Balibar, Essie Davis, Nina Fogg, Togo Igawa, Bruno Lastra, Emil Marwa, Nabil Massad, Taro Sherabayani, Christopher Simpson, Benedict Wong

Director: Michael Winterbottom
Writer: Frank Cottrell Boyce
Produced by: Andrew Eaton, Robert Jones, Bingham Ray, David M. Thompson
Distributed by:Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Distributing Corporation, United Artists

US: 06 AUG 2004
UK: 17 SEPT 2004

A futuristic 'Brief Encounter', a love story in which the romance is doomed by genetic incompatibility and an all-encompassing Communist/Socialist/Totalitarian state. Cities are heavily controlled and only accessible through checkpoints. People cannot travel unless they have "papelles," a special travel insurance. Outside these cities, the desert has taken over and shanty towns are jammed with non-citizens - people without papelles whose lives are severely restricted. William is a family man who works as an insurance investigator. When his company sends him to another city to solve a case of fake papelles, he meets a woman named Maria. Although he knows she has been creating the forgeries, he cannot help but fall completely in love with her. He hides her crime and they have a wild, passionate affair that can only last as long as his papelles: 24 hours. Back home, William is obessed with the memory of Maria. He tries to see but is refused the necessary papers to travel. Desperate, he uses one of the fake papelles he kept from his investigation. He eventually tracks her down, only to discover she has been accused of a Code 46 violation.
Code Red Code Red - unoriginal idea ALERT!!! Hasn't this been done already in 'Gattaca' written by 'Truman Show' scribe Andrew Niccol? It also stars the nutty Robbins - which is rather ironic as he's an extreme lefty whose ideology inevitably leads to totalitarianism, enslavement and death for the "little people". Avoid by the sounds of it.

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