In a not-too-distant future after a climate catastrophe city security zones have been declared, controlled by the Sphinx Corporation. The privileged part of the humans lives within these protected areas, all others in hostile, desert locations outside. Cloning and genetic manipulation are usual. The whole story of a man is now on electronic passports. Who has no passport, must obtain one illegally to get another identity and be able to enter the cities. William, an insurance agent of Seattle, comes to Shanghai for a “leak” in the passport printing of the Sphinx Corporation uncover. He has an empathy virus, which lets him recognize other people’s thoughts. William soon identifies the culprit, Maria, but he covers up for her because he feels an strange attraction for her. When he again meets Maria coincidentally, William invites her for dinner and spends the night with her. Then he flies back to his family in America. But William feels that he fell in love with Maria, and decides to see her again. In Shanghai, he learns that Maria’s memory has forcibly be removed and his child was aborted. Finally, William finds out that Maria is a clone of his mother, and therefore their relationship infringes “Code 46”. But the two do not want to give up their love and trying to escape from the surveillance society. –IMDb
Acclaimed British filmmaker Michael Winterbottom is known for making intense, passionate films that explore the demands of human relationships and emotional commitment. He first earned recognition with Butterfly Kisses (1995), a somewhat controversial revision of the buddy/road genre that told the story of a pair of lesbians (Saskia Reeves and Amanda Plummer) who go on a killing spree across Great Britain.
Born in Blackburn, Lancashire, on March 29, 1961, Winterbottom earned a degree at Oxford and received film training in Bristol and London. After beginning his professional career as a film editor for Thames Television, he directed two documentaries about Ingmar Bergman and a few television series, most notably the acclaimed BBC drama Family (1994).
The same year that Butterfly Kiss was released, Winterbottom presented audiences with a film of an entirely different sort. Go Now, a romantic drama starring Robert Carlyle as a man whose… read more
A stunning realisation of postmodern dystopia. Ostensibly a sly exploration of the moral consequences of biotechnology (IVF, cloning etc), it’s the form of the piece that quickly takes centre stage: simply intoxicating to soak up and taste, vibrant and invigorating in spite of its inherently clinical design. While none of it may be particularly innovative - running in the vein of Alphaville, Solaris, Blade Runner and many others - in the very least, it’s worthy of holding such company.
Reviews for BIRTH and CODE 46:
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4 Stars (out of four)
No two movies in recent (or regular) memory have challenged, infuriated, inspired, and touched me like these… read review