Fermat's Room ★★★

D: Luis Piedrahita & Rodrigo Sopeña
Notro/Bocaboca (Cesar Benitez, Adolfo Blanco & Jose Maria Irasarri)
Spain 🇪🇸 2007
89 mins


W: Luis Piedrahita & Rodrigo Sopeña
DP: Miguel Angel Amoedo
Ed: Jorge Macaya
Mus: Federico Jusid

Alejo Sauras (Galois), Elena Ballesteros (Oliva), Santi Millan (Pascal), Lluis Homar (Hilbert), Federico Luppi (Fermat)

An interesting Spanish thriller in which a group of mathematicians are invited by the mysterious "Fermat" to engage in a social occasion but the group find themselves locked inside a mechanically shrinking room where they are asked to solve a series of enigmas whilst simultaneously trying to figure out why they are there.
It's an interesting concept, with a clear inspiration from the cult sci-fi horror film Cube (qv), but the conclusion is rather unsatisfying.
The cast are all great and the claustrophobic direction works for the scenes taking place in the room, it's just a shame that the whole is less than the sum of all its parts.