Teknolust 2003 R CC

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Academy-Award winner Tilda Swinton plays four roles in this award-winning Sci-Fi about Rosetta Stone and her three Self-Replicating Automatons, (S.R.A.'s) which she cloned from her own DNA.

Starring:
Tilda Swinton, Jeremy Davies
Runtime:
1 hour 23 minutes

Teknolust

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36 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 21, 2003
Format: DVD
I enjoyed this film thoroughly, but I'm afraid it will suffer unnecessary criticism from a lot of viewers disappointed to find no actual erotica in it anywhere. Instead, it takes a relaxed, funny view of virtual sex, which happens entirely off-camera. What endeared the film to me was the truly original female sensibility of it all. There are no "bad guys" in this story; every character is likeable. There are no long, boring adolescent male videogame cyberbattles. The tension is not caused by a conflict of wills or an effort by anyone to get the better of anyone else; instead, it centers on the struggles of the characters, both human and virtual, to understand and connect with each other. As I said -- it's a female sensibility. And as far as I know, that's never been done in this genre before. Kudos to Leeson; it's time women started envisioning the potentialities of virtual reality at last. (Oh yeah, and I couldn't take my EYES off Tilda Swinton. What a great face!)
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By lecudedag on June 10, 2007
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This film's really strange. Tilda Swinton plays four characters; Rosetta/Ruby/Marinne/Olive. One is the creator, the others are clones.

A definciency in the clones means that one must regularly go out and have sex with men in order to harvest their semen, which she collects in a condom. Then she takes this back and makes a tea out of it which they all drink from, as well as they inject themselves with another by-product.

It's too weird
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20 of 29 people found the following review helpful By wiredweird HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on August 8, 2005
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This has everything I like about Tilda Swinton's best movies, plus some of what I dislike about her lesser works. Dislikes include low-budget effects and cryptic finales, but maybe that's part of the charm of these movies.

The good, of course, comes from Swinton. She plays a geek girl (Rosetta Stone), but plays the role with respect. She's shy, especially shy around men, and fiercely intelligent. Swinton also plays Stone's three clones: Ruby, Olive, and Marinne. It's a bit ham-handed, but the four roles are distinguished by very different wigs, and the clones by color coding: red, green, and ultramarine. Swinton's real achievement is in her physical presence[s] - the body language of each character is distinctly the character's own. Rosetta is especially good in her my-gawd-i'm-a-mother moments, painfully but realistically unsure, and over cautious as a result.

The plot device is a bit odd: almost vampiric in an AIDS-era kind of way, but with a computer-y angle and a gentle resolution in the end. Rosetta and Ruby each find romantic resolutions of their own. Olive and Marinne seem to find each other - and something more. "As easy as baking brownies." The end is enigmatic, but good enough, and leaves a few questions open.

It's a good indy movie. That means it's not for everyone, but I came away happy.

//wiredweird
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Stickle on August 20, 2013
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This movie is quite strange with Tilda playing 4 roles. Interesting concept - pretty fair science fiction. Not the greated=st or most imaginative story but, Tilda Swinton makes it come alive.
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By Tell it like it is on May 6, 2014
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wasn't sure what to make of this. Kind of sci-fi, kind of not. Different, not bad, a tad slow but suspenseful and campy.
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By Maurice Moore on February 16, 2014
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great dvd,,,the film was excellent...It is worth the money...my car ride is now very delightful. great dvd. It is the best.
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The movie had an interesting but not very exciting or intriguing plot. But Tilda's acting was great. An okay movie.
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Rosetta Stone (Tilda Swinton), bio-geneticist creates three artificial sweeties, Ruby/Marinne/Olivia (Tilda Swinton), each with her own color coordinated environment. She uses her own DNA and hopes to have created something better than people. They soon gain their own personalities. By sneaking into the outside world, they eventually teach Rosetta how to live in the real world.

This has the feel of an independent low budget film. There is no correlation to reality; so real techies would barf. But other than that this is an interesting story and lots of color and sound. The science is appalling and amusing. The lust part of "Teknolust" is so mild that you need to look closely. About the time you get used to it the 85 minutes are over.
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