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La Habitación de Fermat (Fermat's Room) (2009)




Critic Consensus: This stylish yet disappointingly predictable Spanish thriller is never as exciting or ingenious as it hopes to be.

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A group of motley math experts must solve problems at lightning speed to avoid being squashed into oblivion in writer-director Luis Piedrahita's mindbending thriller Fermat's Room. The story begins with a handsome, twentysomething intellectual, Galois (Alejo Sauras) banking off the success of solving an intimidating mathematical enigma known as Goldbach's theorem. Galois then receives an invitation from the mysterious stranger Fermat (Federico Luppi) who invites both him and several other intellectuals to a set location in a warehouse, with the stated intention of having them collectively solve a mathematical riddle. He instructs them to avoid bringing cell phones, which none do. Upon arrival, Fermat indeed greets them in the warehouse, but is soon summoned offsite and leaves his invitees alone. As soon as he departs, odd events begin to transpire: the members of the group begin receiving strange mathematical riddles on their PDAs which they must solve in under a minute; subsequently, hydraulic presses on the exterior of the warehouse kick on and the walls begin to close in, threatening the lives of the protagonists.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Art House & International, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By: ,
Written By: Luis Piedrahita, Rodrigo Sopeña
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On DVD: Sep 29, 2009
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Critic Reviews for La Habitación de Fermat (Fermat's Room)

All Critics (28) | Top Critics (2)

The maths element of the film, which on the surface is its USP, feels like dressing on a taut but tawdry genre thriller.

Full Review… | May 29, 2009
Time Out
Top Critic

The filmmakers have us hooked with a terrific mystery and the challenge of a good puzzle.

Full Review… | November 11, 2009

The best part is that, for once, it's a film about smart people.

Full Review… | October 2, 2009
Combustible Celluloid

... a cerebral thriller with a different kind of locked-room mystery.

Full Review… | September 28, 2009

Fermat's Room appears to be about maths, but it's more of a whodunnit, and a surprisingly watchable one at that.

Full Review… | August 17, 2009

This is an ingenious, relentlessly exciting film, a moral fable at once visceral and cerebral.

Full Review… | June 2, 2009
Observer [UK]

Audience Reviews for La Habitación de Fermat (Fermat's Room)


Question: Are you good at math? Can you easily solve puzzles, riddles, or logic problems? What if your life depended on it? Could you think under such pressure?

After having a pretty crappy day today I decided the only thing that would make it end much better was to watch a film. It relaxes me. But when I finally hit play on the TiVo recorded movie, Fermat's Room from the Sundance Channel, I ended up feeling slightly stupid and my nerves heightened. Why is that? Well, let's just say that if I didn't have my fingers I couldn't count to 10. Yes, I am not good in math, plus the premise of the movie puts you slightly on edge.

Fermat's Room - a Spanish film - is a thriller and what a perfect genre to take you out of your element, right? I laid down on my bed, letting the day slowly slip away and it worked because quickly I had to keep up with the subtitles (yes, these were a little quick for me on this film) with the opening scene with a rather handsome fellow talking about numbers. He asked a couple of girls if they were good at math and if not they should just walk away now. Yes, I considered turning off the movie at that moment, but I was actually fascinated with the prime number theory he discussed. Not that I understood it - at all, however, the movie had me at that point. Yay!

Soon you are introduced to three other mathematicians, 2 men and 1 woman. They are all sent a riddle (or enigma as it was called in this film) to solve and if they solved it they would receive an invitation to an "enigma solving gathering or party". The four each solve the enigma and are given instructions to meet at a certain place and time with very strict instructions: No personal information shared and they are each given a name of a famous mathematician that they must use throughout the entire evening.

I really don't want to say more because my favorite genre requires me to keep you all in the dark so you can appreciate the film if you chose to watch it. However, I will say what happened next was totally mesmerizing. Even if you aren't good at math or problem solving it doesn't matter. The intensity of the plot keeps you completely focused on what's happening and wondering if they will solve the next puzzle and their lives.

Yes, I am stopping there. Nope, I am not gonna tell you anymore about Fermat's Room. Enjoy.

Directed (and co-written) by Luis Piedrahita, Notro Films, 2007.

Starring: Alejo Sauras, Lluís Homar, Santi Millán, Federico Luppi and Elena Ballesteros

Genre: Mystery, Thriller.

My favorite thing: It helped me forget about my day.

My least favorite thing: That I wasn't better in math - well, we all have our talents and this one reminded me that math is NOT mine.

Rating: NR

Length: 88 minutes

Review: 7 out of 10

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Super Reviewer

Oh Happy day. When this Movie was recommendad to me I expected a shoker it turned out a "yawner"

Wahida K

Super Reviewer

The film starts off with Goldbach's conjecture - that every even number greater than two can be written as the sum of two prime numbers (e.g. 10 = 3 + 7). I'm geeky, I like that kind of thing.
So I had a great time watching this hybrid of SLEUTH and a U certificate SAW as four top mathematicians (two of which also happen to be young and cute) end up in a high-concept shrinking room which can only be stopped by solving a series of admittedly not-very-mathematical-at-all puzzles. And yes, I did press the Pause button so I could work out the answers first... so double-geeky me then .

Lesley N

Super Reviewer

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