6.2/10
19,578
155 user 134 critic

Code 46 (2003)

A futuristic Brief Encounter (1945), this is a love story in which the romance is doomed by genetic incompatibility.
4 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tim Robbins ... William Geld
Togo Igawa ... Driver
Nabil Elouahabi ... Vendor
Samantha Morton ... Maria Gonzales
Sarah Backhouse Sarah Backhouse ... Weather Girl
Jonathan Ibbotson Jonathan Ibbotson ... Boxer
Natalie Mendoza ... Sphinx Receptionist
Om Puri ... Bahkland
Emil Marwa Emil Marwa ... Mohan
Nina Fog ... Wole
Bruno Lastra ... Bikku
Christopher Simpson ... Paul
Lien Nguyin Lien Nguyin ... Singer in Nightclub
David Fahm David Fahm ... Damian Alekan
Jeanne Balibar ... Sylvie
Learn more

More Like This 

In This World (2002)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A refugee family is trying to reach more peaceful lands illegally inside trucks.

Director: Michael Winterbottom
Stars: Jamal Udin Torabi, Enayatullah, Imran Paracha
On the Road II (2016)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

An intimate look at life on the road for the band Wolf Alice as they tour Great Britain.

Director: Michael Winterbottom
Stars: Shirley Henderson, Paul Popplewell, James McArdle
Documentary | Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Part drama, part documentary, The Road to Guantánamo focuses on the Tipton Three, a trio of British Muslims who were held in Guantanamo Bay for two years until they were released without charge.

Directors: Mat Whitecross, Michael Winterbottom
Stars: Riz Ahmed, Farhad Harun, Waqar Siddiqui
Wonderland (1999)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

There's little wonder in the working-class lives of Bill, Eileen, and their three grown daughters. They're lonely Londoners. Nadia, a cafe waitress, places personal ads, looking for love; ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Winterbottom
Stars: Shirley Henderson, Gina McKee, Molly Parker
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Eunice is walking along the highways of northern England from one filling station to another. She is searching for Judith, the woman, she says to be in love with. It's bad luck for the ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Winterbottom
Stars: Amanda Plummer, Kathy Jamieson, Saskia Reeves
Everyday I (2012)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

This film charts the relationship between a man imprisoned for drug smuggling and his wife and is being shot over the course of five years, a few weeks at a time.

Director: Michael Winterbottom
Stars: Shirley Henderson, John Simm, Shaun Kirk
Trishna (2011)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

The story of the tragic relationship between the son of a property developer and the daughter of an auto rickshaw owner.

Director: Michael Winterbottom
Stars: Freida Pinto, Riz Ahmed, Mita Vasisht
The Claim (2000)
Drama | Romance | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A prospector who sold his wife and infant daughter in exchange for a mining claim, tries desperately to win them back as he helps to build the Pacific Railroad with a group of pioneer friends.

Director: Michael Winterbottom
Stars: Wes Bentley, Peter Mullan, Ron Anderson
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Rosie and Vincent know each other for ten years, and are married for five. She doesn't like her job, he isn't too pleased working with her dad. They're trying to have a baby. One morning ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Winterbottom
Stars: Christopher Eccleston, Dervla Kirwan, Yvan Attal
Cypher (2002)
Mystery | Sci-Fi | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

An unsuspecting, disenchanted man finds himself working as a spy in the dangerous, high-stakes world of corporate espionage. Quickly getting way over-his-head, he teams up with a mysterious femme fatale.

Director: Vincenzo Natali
Stars: Jeremy Northam, Lucy Liu, Nigel Bennett
Drama | Mystery | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A man moves his two daughters to Italy after their mother dies in a car accident, in order to revitalize their lives. Genova changes all three of them as the youngest daughter starts to see the ghost of her mother, while the older one discovers her sexuality.

Director: Michael Winterbottom
Stars: Colin Firth, Perla Haney-Jardine, Willa Holland
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Journalist Floyd from the U.S., Michael Henderson from the U.K., and their teams meet at the beginning of the Bosnian war in Sarajevo. During their reports, they find an orphanage run by ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Winterbottom
Stars: Stephen Dillane, Woody Harrelson, Marisa Tomei

Photos

Edit

Storyline

This movie is a love story set in a Brave New World-type near-future where cities are heavily controlled and only accessible through checkpoints. People cannot travel unless they have "papeles" (papers in Spanish; words and sentences in many languages, especially Spanish, French, and Chinese are mixed with English in this new world), a special travel permit issued by the totalitarian government, the "Sphinx". Outside these cities, the desert has taken over and shanty towns are jammed with non-citizens - people without IDs forced to live primitive lives. William Geld (Tim Robbins) is a family man who works as a government investigator. When he is sent to Shanghai to solve a case of fake IDs, he meets a woman named Maria Gonzales (Samantha Morton). Although he realizes she is behind the forgeries, he cannot help but fall completely in love with her. He hides her crime and they have a wild, passionate affair that can only last as long as his visa: twenty-four hours. Back home, William is...

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

In the future...love is a dangerous game. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for a scene of sexuality, including brief graphic nudity | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The dialogue is peppered with words from several different languages. This creates a feeling of a more amalgamated world. See more »

Goofs

The numerous seeming "errors in geography" are actually an intentional artistic choice. Because the film is set in a future where global cultures have become thoroughly merged, Michael Winterbottom purposely blended footage shot in Shanghai, Dubai and Rajastahn so that Shanghai has a desert outside it, etc. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Title Card: code 46 / article 1 / any human being who shares the same nuclear gene set as another human being is deemed to be genetically identical. the relations of one are the relations of all. / due to IVF, DI embryo splitting and cloning techniques it is necessary to prevent any accidental or deliberate genetically incestuous reproduction. / therefore: / i. all prospective parents should be genetically screened before conception. if they have 100%, 50% or 25% genetic identity, they are not...
See more »

Crazy Credits

There is a looped animation running next to the names during the final credits. It shows a variety of things, including chromosomes, chromosome replication, and chemical structures. See more »


Soundtracks

Menina e Moça
Traditional
Written by Fausto Frazào, Américo Pinto and Edmundo Bettencourt
Arranged by Josh Hyams and Mark Revell
Performed by Lien Nguyin
Published by Spa
See more »

User Reviews

Warmth in a Cold World
19 September 2004 | by MichaelCarmichaelsCarSee all my reviews

'Code 46' is the most beautiful film I've seen in quite some time. It's funny how something entirely new is produced when the properties of film noir and futuristic sci-fi are married. Like 'Until the End of the World,' 'Strange Days,' and 'Gattaca,' three films which 'Code 46' potently recalls, this is above all else a mood piece, wherein character and plot are secondary to the drifty, elegiac flow of the film.

The action is underplayed, and the performances have an earthy tone; Tim Robbins recalls William Hurt in 'Until the End of the World' and Bill Murray in 'Lost in Translation,' in that his perpetual jet lag has cultivated an easy, weary charm. The movie is set, one gathers, in the future (or an "alternative present," to paraphrase another reviewer). Like the best futuristic films, it's set on the same planet Earth, but the planet's simply been restructured; the old occupants have left and the new ones have moved in. No longer are there countries, only cities, only business destinations.

Pleasure is not a goal, but a side effect. The locations photographed are, as in 'Alphaville,' as in 'Sans Soleil,' not manipulated or artificial, but they are photographed in a new way. Contemporary cities look futuristic, commercial, busy, cold, with pools of dark glass and beads of light from skyscraper windows. For me, this kind of imagery is the among the most romantic and evocative. Cold, impersonal environments like these simultaneously forbid and necessitate human warmth. Intimacy becomes something to escape into.

Michael Winterbottom and his screen-writing partner Frank Cottrell Boyce have done great work before, and inevitably, a lot of viewers and critics are dismissing 'Code 46' as a number of things, including listless and convoluted, but I think that's symptomatic of approaching this film with the wrong expectations. Far beyond simply being a trivial footnote in what will hopefully be a career of formidable longevity, I think 'Code 46' is perhaps Winterbottom's best work yet, the movie I intuited Winterbottom had dormant in him. The movie has a sort of purging effect, like Wenders' 'Until the End of the World,' and as with that film, my immediate environment felt different to me, changed, upon exiting the theater.


143 of 176 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 155 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
Edit

Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 September 2004 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Code 46 See more »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$7,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$20,170, 8 August 2004

Gross USA:

$285,585

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$886,018
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series



Recently Viewed