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."
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