The film is constructed from four continuous 90-minute takes that were filmed simultaneously by four cameramen; the screen is divided into quarters and the four shots are shown simultaneously. The film depicts several groups of people in Los Angeles as they interact and conflict while preparing for the shooting of a movie in a production office. The dialogue was largely improvised, and the sound mix of the film is designed so that the most significant of the four sequences on screen dominates the soundtrack at any given moment.
"A very confusing film with four separate screens shown throughout, following interlinked stories set around a film company. At one point towards the end one of the characters bursts into fits of giggles and says "... this is the most pretentious crap I've ever heard ... do you think anyone around this table has a clue about what you're talking about?". That summed up what I felt about the film.
I was interested to see that some of the film's music was by someone I was in the same class at school as for 5 years. Strange to think that I'm here making poor criticism of the film, but she was actually involved with it."
What a really bad idea for a movie.
A stunning work of technical innovation, Mike Figgis' fascinating film is constructed not of one unbroken 90-minute shot, but of four. Amazing firstly for the fact that it managed to get made at all, it soon reveals itself as a complicated masterpiece of storytelling, focusing on the various ways in which one source could be contorted into a drama, comedy, love story, or tragedy all at the hands of that grand manipulator the director. Challenging conceptions of authorship, viewer manipulation, and a good deal more beside, this is an incredible work of cinema. Full review at Next Projection.
Mike Figgis terrific experiment.