DVD Release Date: 3/31/2009
Lauded short film director Nacho Vigalondo makes his feature debut with this tense, unstoppable vision of science and natural law gone awry.
Hector (Karra Elejalde) is relaxing on a lawn chair outside of his new country home, surveying the nearby hillside through a pair of binoculars, when he catches sight of what appears to be a nude woman amidst the trees. Hiking up to investigate, he is attacked by a sinister figure whose head is wrapped in a grotesque, pink bandage. Fleeing in terror, he takes refuge in a laboratory atop the hill, where a lone attendant (director Nacho Vigalondo) ushers him in to a peculiar scientific contraption. He emerges what seems to be moments later, only to find that he has traveled back hours in time, setting in motion a brain-twisting, horrifying chain of events when he inadvertently runs into himself.
Drawing from the best traditions of classic science fiction and crime fiction, TIMECRIMES plays games with the genre and the audience, giving the protaganist a Russian-doll like shell of identities that are shed so often that Hector can be playing one of any number of whodunit archetypes at any given moment as he becomes increasingly more complicit in the complicated mess that he’s trying to fix.
Says director Vigalondo: "TIMECRIMES comes from my love of classic science fiction and crime stories. Writers like James Cain, Philip K. Dick, or directors like Fritz Lang. The idea of building a tragic paradox with such few elements is my attempt to going back to the classics and trying to bring back something new."
Jose Luis Romeu
Jose Luis Arrizabalaga (Arri)
Arturo Garcia (Biaffra)
Hector Karra Elejalde
Chico/Boy Nacho Vigalondo
Clara Candela Fernandez
Chica/Girl Barbara Goenaga
“A FASCINATING, NAIL-BITING SUSPENSER. Director Vigalondo handles the intricate plotting with faultless execution and the narrative strands are never less than perfectly cohesive.” – Andrew Schenker, Slant Magazine
“AN OFF-THE-RAILS THRILL RIDE. JUST WATCH IT – MORE THAN ONCE.” Laura Kern, Film Comment
“IT”S ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC. Elegant, tight and brilliant with no loose ends – a perfect film.” – Harry Knowles, Ain’t It Cool News
“ADMIRABLE AND AUDACIOUS.” – Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times
“**** AN INTIMATE THRILLER.” – Daniel Holloway, Metro NY
“A TRIPPY BRAINTEASER.” – V.A. Musetto, New York Post
“IF ONLY AMERICAN SCI-FI FILMMAKING WAS THIS CLEVER AND INVOLVING.” – Geoff Berkshire, Metromix
“Witty and well-made, with some real surprises.” – Andy Klein, LA City Beat
“FASCINATING AND FUN. It has long-running cult status written all over it.” – Lewis Beale, Film Journal
“PROBABLY ONE OF THE BEST TIME TRAVEL MOVIES OF ALL TIME. Truly a gem to behold.” – Brad Miska, Bloody Disgusting.com
“A GEM.” – Debbie Day, LA Magazine
“EASILY THE BEST SCIENCE FICTION MOVIE IN A DECADE.” – Lucius Gore, Esplatter
“A wickedly dense seriocomedy. The best genre film at Sundance.” – Eric Kohn, New York Press