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The quadrant vision employed by Mike Figgis is his cutting edge Timecode is a synergy of cast and crew that's never less than inventive although his story, which isn't that hard to grasp, is less daring and effective than the technology that shows finesse within four continuos takes over its manageable running time.  But, Figgis, the avant garde author whose films always have an incisive visual quality, from the highly acclaimed Leaving Las Vegas to last year's The Loss of Sexual Innocence, will gain kudos from those in the movie industry.  Having unfractured simultaneous stories on view, obviously it's hard to be immersed into the film without being aware of the form of its presentation.  Nevertheless, as the viewer is digitally distanced with advanced video equipment at the fore, Timecode has a contemporary worldly texture to it, and the one take, crisscrossing technique of high definition video to 35 MM maintains an independent film making spirit that the actors respond to in real time.

All of the players here, about 20, have some connection to the film industry, as the four interwoven stories are nested at a production company's Sunset Boulevard headquarters.  It's obvious that this uniquely shot LA story is influenced by two of Robert Altman ensemble pieces of the 90's: The Player and Short Cuts.

In the rising Red Mullet company, Stellan Skarsgard is the executive whose personal problems to his wife (Saffron Burrows) has led to heavy drinking and a sexual dallying with an aspiring actress (Salma Hayek) who is being watched by girlfriend Lauren, a wealthy lesbian first seen in a limo, done with subtle power by Jeanne Tripplehorn.  Lauren's unfaithful lover, Hayek's Rose is trying to get a part on the company's new epic feature and the very forward thespian goes to the top.  Some risible moments arise when Lauren listens in on a bugged Rose behind the scenes during an audition of candidates for the studio's new cash cow.

Rose later continues her arduous determination to get an audition in the lobby and Lauren gets all the more frightened in her chain smoking wrath, without uttering a word.  Emma tries to find consolation outside in the streets from past flings.

Holly Hunter as an exec and Julian Sands' masseuse are others who add to a seismic tenacity that permeates Timecode, a stylish sign of the times, a synchronous exploration that will be better suited to specialized home viewing on DVD.

Timecode 2000

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