Timecode

2000, Drama, 1h 37m

81 Reviews 5,000+ Ratings

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Not much of a story, but the execution is interesting. Read critic reviews

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A production company begins casting for its next feature, and an up-and-coming actress named Rose (Salma Hayek) tries to manipulate her filmmaker boyfriend, Alex, into giving her a screen test. Alex's wife, Emma (Saffron Burrows), knows about the affair and is considering divorce, while Rose's girlfriend secretly spies on her and attempts to sabotage the relationship. The four storylines in the film were each shot in one take and are shown simultaneously, each taking up a quarter of the screen.

Cast & Crew

Golden Brooks
Onyx Richardson
Viveka Davis
Victoria Cohen
Richard Edson
Lester Moore
Aimee Graham
Sikh Nurse
Andrew Heckler
Auditioning Actor
Daphna Kastner
Auditioning Actress
Patrick Kearney
Drug House Owner
Elizabeth Low
Penny, Evan's Assistant
Kyle MacLachlan
Bunny Drysdale
Suzy Nakamura
Connie Ling
Alessandro Nivola
Joey Z, Ana's Assistant
Zuleikha Robinson
Lester Moore's Assistant
Mike Figgis
Original Music
Anthony Marinelli
Original Music
Tony Cucchiari
Cinematographer
Mike Figgis
Cinematographer
Charlotte Malmlof
Production Designer
Jennifer Gentile
Set Decoration
Donna D. Casey
Costume Designer
Phil Dupont
Assistant Director
Gary Marcus
Assistant Director
Jonathan Watson
Assistant Director
Greg Zekowski
Assistant Director
Paul Curtis
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Audience Reviews for Timecode

  • Apr 10, 2012
    As an experiment its admirable; an impressive feat of handheld camera work and improvisation. Unfortunately, Timecode really fails where it matters - telling a compelling story. The actors' performances also fall apart towards the end, and the entire thing becomes far more comical than it was supposed to be. But let's be honest - this film isn't nearly revolutionary. It's an ambitious gimmick, and one that only sometimes succeeds.
    Sam B Super Reviewer
  • Feb 02, 2009
    Hmmm. I'd like to see this film re-made with a different cast and plot and director and producer and DP and screenwriter and sound guy and editor. The idea is cool: four things happening at once split on the screen in four ways, and they are all continuous shots in real time. Could be awesome, but...epic fail.
    Curtis L Super Reviewer
  • Dec 17, 2008
    A four-way split screen and four continuous takes. Admittingly the concept can take a while to get use to. Whilst this may not be to everyone's liking it is without doubt an intriguing experiment.
    Emily B Super Reviewer
  • Sep 17, 2008
    Timecode should be hailed as a masterpiece of complex cinematic techniques. The film is shot through 4 different cameras, each one consisting of one single take. Each camera is screened at the same time, taking up a quarter of the screen. What may seem pretentious, it kind of is even the film itself points this out, demonstrates how film can still be a mind blowing experience without CGI etc. The actors are all remarkable, each one improvising there way around the final film. Another amazing fact is the timing and how everything runs perfectly. It takes a while to get used to the four screens but soon you get used to it. Watching the screen with sound at that particular time but watching the other screens out of the corner of your eye. Thumbs up to the camera men who I don't think got caught in a reflexion once. The story itself is also rather interesting, mostly as we get to see what minor characters do when not being filmed or at the center of attention. Multiple viewings will serve this film very well.
    Luke B Super Reviewer

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