Tim Robbins Om Puri, Jeanne Balibar, Essie Davis, Nina Fogg, Togo Igawa, Bruno Lastra, Emil Marwa, Nabil Massad, Taro Sherabayani, Christopher Simpson, Benedict Wong
Writer: Frank Cottrell Boyce
Produced by: Andrew Eaton, Robert Jones, Bingham Ray,
David M. Thompson
Distributed by:Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Distributing Corporation,
06 AUG 2004
UK: 17 SEPT 2004
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.
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.
"Any chance of a Code 69"