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Code 46

MPAA Rating: R-Rating (MPAA) for a scene of sexuality, including brief graphic nudity.

not reviewed
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Primary Audience:
Sci-Fi Romance Drama
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USA Release:
Featuring: Tim Robbins, Samantha Morton, Om Puri, Jeanne Balibar, Essie Davis
Director: Michael Winterbottom
Distributor: Logo: United Artists Releasing, a subsidiary of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)
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Here’s what the distributor says about their film: “‘Code 46’ is a love story set in an eerily possible near-future where cities are heavily controlled and only accessible through checkpoints. People cannot travel unless they have “papelles,” a special travel insurance. Outside cities, the desert has taken over and shanty towns are jammed with non-citizens—people without papelles whose lives are severely restricted.

William (Robbins) is a family man who works as an insurance investigator. When his company sends him to another city to solve a case of fake papelles, he meets a woman named Maria (Morton). Although he knows she’s been creating the forgeries, he falls completely in love with her. He hides her crime and they have a wild, passionate affair that can only last as long as his papelles: 24 hours.

Back home, William is obsessed with the memory of Maria. He tries to see her but is refused the necessary papers to travel. Desperate, he uses one of the fake papelles he kept from his investigation. He eventually tracks her down, only to discover she has been accused of a Code 46 violation.”

Editor’s Note: This film died at the boxoffice and was shown at very few theaters. We do not plan to review it.

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Movie Critics
…Robbins’ and Morton’s chemistry is as dry as the globally warmed-over setting…
E! Online
…intriguing, if seriously flawed, film noir…
Lou Lumenick, New York Post
…never manages to be more than an interesting failure burdened by an uninspired—and to some extent unexplained—relationship at its core…
Glenn Whipp, L.A. Daily News
…Provocative, quietly erotic, deeply romantic, and slyly witty…
Glenn Kenny, Premiere
…Last Tango in 2030…
Blake Snyder, MovieWeb