Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

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Time code offers us four points of view--including a volatile lesbian relationship--with not much going on

Leaving Las Vegas, for all its merits, was not the sort of film that would augur a spate of queer-friendly movies. (Has any Nicolas Cage movie done that?) And yet director Mike Figgis chose to follow up his booze-soaked hit with a series of experiments in storytelling that featured gay characters in strategic roles, notably One Night Stand and The Loss of Sexual Innocence.

Those pictures were mere benchwarmers for the combustible relationship shared by Jeanne Tripplehorn and Salma Hayek in this past year's Time Code, one of the more significant developments in gay inclusion by a straight filmmaker and arguably one of the more pretentious. Figgis split his screen into four quadrants to show a quartet of concurrently happening, ultimately intertwining scenarios surrounding a Los Angeles film production company. Using digital video to shoot all four segments simultaneously in real time, Time Code offers a mildly satirical glimpse into the daily human comedy of the industry.

In this fashion, Saffron Burrows cries to therapist Glenne Headly over her troubled marriage to Stellan Skarsgard while the offending Skarsgard is glimpsed in a lower frame. A crowd of movers and shakers watches the dailies from a new picture in one frame while, in an adjacent frame, Skarsgard cheats on Burrows with an actress behind the screening room screen.

At the center of all this activity (or, rather, up to the left and down to the right) are Tripplehorn and Hayek as a Hollywood player and her actress lover (the same actress who is messing around with Skarsgard, get it? …

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