3-Point MicroView: ‘Fermat’s Room’

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Fermat’s Room (La habitación de Fermat) is a 2007 Spanish thriller film directed by Luis Piedrahita and Rodrigo Sopeña.  Four mathematicians who do not know each other are invited by a mysterious host on the pretext of resolving a great enigma. The room in which they find themselves turns out to be a shrinking room that will crush them if they do not discover in time what connects them all and why someone might wish to murder them.

Check out my 3-Point MicroView after the jump.

Overview:  Fermat’s Room is like a bloodless Saw for Math Geeks; a “game” with deadly consequences, a group of “strangers” who are nonetheless connected, and shocking reveals.  Instead of a nightmare labyrinth of urban decay, the “trap” is a swanky dining room–which just happens to be located inside an abandoned grain storage facility.  With all the lies and deceit of your average Horror movie, the character motivations are rooted in a somewhat unlikely arena: Academia.

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Strengths:  Fermat’s Room is a thinking man’s thriller; audience members willing to engage can play along as the frantic mathematicians work together in order to solve complicated logic problems.  A smart bunch may even want to pause as each “enigma” is revealed to take a crack at it themselves.  This strength can also be considered its weakness: Impatient aficionados and those uninterested or frustrated by riddles, will definitely stay far away.  A shrinking room, a reimaging of the trash compactor in Star Wars, is an awesome devise for maintaining a consistently unnerving intensity–not to mention tapping into a primal human phobia.  When the ties between the characters are revealed, the connections prove to be surprisingly poignant–and intriguing.  The script is taught, intelligent and thrilling throughout and the acting is top-notch.    The main set is awesome and some outdoor shots around a lake are stunning.

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Summary:  Hardly a Horror, 100% gore-free, this intelligent thriller is a treasure for fans of complex cinema.  Fermat’s Room is character-driven drama at it’s best–and just a tiny bit fantastic.

3.5 out of 5 Skull Heads.

Trailer: HERE.

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Directed by Luis Piedrahita
Rodrigo Sopeña
Produced by César Benítez
Adolfo Blanco
José María Irisarri
Written by Luis Piedrahita
Rodrigo Sopeña
Starring Alejo Sauras
Elena Ballesteros
Lluís Homar
Santi Millán
Federico Luppi
Music by Federico Jusid
Cinematography Miguel Ángel Amoedo
Editing by Jorge Macaya
Studio Notro Films
Bocaboca Producciones
Distributed by Brunbro Entertainment Group (Belgium)
A Plus Films (Turkey)
IFC Films (USA)
Revolver Entertainment (UK)
Shochiku Company (Japan)
Filmfreak Distributie (Netherlands)
Release dates October 7, 2007 (2007-10-07)
Country Spain
Language Spanish

 

 

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About Saucy Josh

I write a blog for intelligent Horror movie aficionados called Blood and Guts for Grown Ups: https://bloodandgutsforgrownups.wordpress.com/ View all posts by Saucy Josh

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