Timecrimes

Timecrimes

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Cast: Karra Elejalde, Barbara Goenaga, Candela Fernández

     
 
An ordinary guy takes an extraordinary step through time in this science fiction thriller. Hector (Karra Elejalde) is spending a few days in the countryside with his girlfriend, Clara (Candela Fernández), when he sees something that catches his attention while playing with his binoculars. Looking at a

Overview

An ordinary guy takes an extraordinary step through time in this science fiction thriller. Hector (Karra Elejalde) is spending a few days in the countryside with his girlfriend, Clara (Candela Fernández), when he sees something that catches his attention while playing with his binoculars. Looking at a nearby house near a wooded area, Hector spies a beautiful woman taking her clothes off, and decides to take a stroll and give her a closer look. However, when he arrives at the house several minutes later, the woman is lying in the grass and appears to either be dead or passed out. As Hector examines her, he's attacked by a strange man and flees on foot. Hector seeks refuge in a building that turns out to be a research facility owned by a mysterious scientist (Nacho Vigalondo), who gives him a place to hide inside a futuristic closet. However, Hector realizes it was actually a time-travel machine when he emerges a few minutes later and looks out the window to see himself standing over the unconscious woman in the distance. Los Cronocrimenes (aka Timecrimes) was the first feature film from writer and director Nacho Vigalondo, who also appears as the scientist.

Editorial Reviews

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Rarely has a time-travel thriller relied on little more than its own narrative cleverness to be so utterly satisfying. Nacho Vigalondo's Timecrimes isn't high-tech, it has almost no budget to speak of, it's not intensive on acting or character development, and it occurs in basically one location. Yet it's still a spine-tingling, mind-blowing examination of the conundrums of time travel, because it concentrates on those conundrums in and of themselves, presenting them with exquisite simplicity and clarity. Timecrimes avoids the pitfalls of Primer, the similarly low-budget time-bender that muddles its own logic at every turn. Instead, this film follows a clear linear path through a nonlinear timeline, sprinkling the experience with little "aha!" moments that the viewer can savor. It's like a puzzle set at medium difficulty level: challenging enough to give viewers the satisfaction of exercising their intellect, but not so tricky that it risks alienating them. Because Vigalondo follows the present-tense perspective of his befuddled protagonist, Hector (Karra Elejalde), at all times, the viewer puts together the puzzle at the same pace Hector does. Occurrences that seemed arbitrary start to make more sense, slowly but surely. What's brilliant is how Vigalondo addresses the role of will power in causation. Knowing what will happen usually gives a person the power to alter the outcome, but Hector sometimes uses his knowledge specifically to ensure that events transpire the same way. After all, he knows certain things have "already happened"; events wouldn't have gotten to this point without other events happening, even if they haven't happened just yet. (It all makes brilliant sense when you're watching.) Vigalondo's debut contains the kind of creativity and storytelling economy that should be the envy of seasoned veterans, and it announces the arrival of a potentially major talent.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/31/2009
UPC:
0876964001557
Original Release:
2007
Rating:
R
Source:
Magnolia
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
1:32:00
Sales rank:
29,991

Special Features

Making of Timecrimes; Cast and crew interviews; Short film: "7:35 de la Mañana"; Creation of Timecrimes internet game (5 featurettes); Make-up featurette; Photo gallery; Teaser trailer

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Karra Elejalde Hector
Barbara Goenaga Actor
Nacho Vigalondo Actor
Candela Fernández Clara

Technical Credits
Nacho Vigalondo Director,Screenwriter
Jose Luis Arrizabalaga Art Director
Santi Camunas Producer
Eduardo Carneros Producer
Robert Fernandez Sound/Sound Designer
Arturo "Biaffra" Garcia Art Director
Jorge Gomez Producer
Asier Gonzalez Sound/Sound Designer
Esteban Ibarretxe Producer
Javier Ibarretxe Producer
Flavio M. LaBiano Cinematographer
Norbert Llaras Producer
Estibaliz Markiegi Costumes/Costume Designer
Chucky Namanera Score Composer
Jordi Rediu Producer
Jose Luis Romeu Editor

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Timecrimes
1. Clara [8:04]
2. Hello? [5:24]
3. Private Property [15:58]
4. I'll Fix Everything [5:43]
5. Getting Out [6:05]
6. I Need Your Help [6:14]
7. Where? [5:38]
8. The House [3:54]
9. The Roof [12:19]
10. Calm Down [5:18]
11. The Last One [4:37]
12. Wake Up [12:50]
1. Backstage [1:50]
1. Bárbara Goenaga (The Girl in the Forest) [1:37]
1. Eduardo Carneros (Producer) [1:45]
1. Karra Elejalde, (Hector) [1:39]
1. Nacho Vigalondo (Director/Writer/Young Guy) [1:34]
1. Óscar Del Monte (Special Makeup Effects Supervisor) [1:46]

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