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About the Movie
If you could travel back in time to revisit a moment from your childhood, which moment would you choose - and what price would you be willing to pay? Stephen, a brilliant young scientist, lives in Cambridge, England in what appears to be the 1920s - but nothing is quite as it seems. A tragic event leads Stephen to become obsessed with revisiting his past – no matter what the cost. Aided by a beautiful university student and an ambitious partner, love, jealousy and desire cloud his judgement - sending him spiraling towards madness.
I thought of nothing else while watching Dimensions!
Dimensions is a beautiful, interesting, and engaging film. I had the opportunity to see it in the theater at Film Festival Flix. Every scene is a work of art. This is the type of film that makes me say, Wow! I had no idea an independent film could be like that.
Following the film, I had the opportunity to meet the Filmmakers, Sloane U'Ren and Ant Neely. I was awestruck by their commitment to their art. They sold their home in England, using the proceeds to finance this film. They chose to live in his parent's basement so they could make their own films, not just work for others. Sloane (director) was the art director for Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, Batman Begins, Being John Malkovich and more. Ant (writer / composer) has composed music for many prime time television shows.
I highly recommend this film to everyone and also will be supporting their journey. They have earned my support and I hope there is a fairy tale ending to the story of their journey.
This movie is fantastic. Beautifully written, acted and directed. This was truly a treat. Highly recommended.
Watercolor Time Travel
With another winter storm howling on the doors of New York, I took refuge in Dimensions last night, a lushly beautiful 2011 British time travel movie, recently made available on iTunes.
The director, Sloane U'Ren, has previous credits as a set designer in television shows ranging from Alias to Six Feet Under, and it shows in Dimensions. The movie, which tells a close-up story of a young scientist in 1920s England obsessed with time travel, moves like an Impressionistic painting from scene to scene, with images and textures and lenses that brush the soul.
There is a palpable innocence in the movie, which almost makes it akin to Primer, though Dimensions is barely about paradox and time loops. It is rather about love, sought and lost, accidental and deliberate. The movie also resonates with Daniel Faraday and Lost, which also has the charm of the young man as scientist -- though, again, Dimensions is manifestly not about the world-changing implications of the time travel we find in Lost.
The first part of the movie is indeed so uncontrived - a rarity for any time travel story - it almost seems like a YA or younger tale. As the movie progresses, we get a romantic triangle of characters in their twenties. The acting in this section is very good - the most memorable coming from Olivia Llewellyn and Camilla Rutherford's quietly powerful performances, and good work from Henry Lloyd-Hughes as the scientist, too - and this more than the storyline makes this part of the movie blossom. Antony Neely, whose main previous movie credits are in music, wrote the screenplay for Dimensions, and the story indeed progresses like a song, with versus and repeated chorus and bridge - an apt form for a time travel tale - or maybe an etude from Debussy.
Watercolors and tears, a story that moves like Donovan's "Wear Your Love Like Heaven," make Dimensions an unusual and even remarkable time travel story, which not only takes place in the 1920s but almost feels as if it was written and filmed back then, had such evocative color cinematography been available. See it if you'd like a compelling introduction to what time travel could be, or the sense of wonder you had when you encountered your first time travel story at 12 years of age.