Directed by Michael Winterbottom • 2003 • United Kingdom
Starring Tim Robbins, Samantha Morton, Nabil Elouahabi
In an eerily plausible, dazzlingly rendered near future, freedom of both movement and reproduction is strictly controlled through the use of papelles—a kind of passport linked to one’s genetics. When William Geld (Tim Robbins), an insurance investigator, is dispatched to Shanghai to track down and dismantle a band of papelle forgers, he finds himself mysteriously drawn to the outfit’s ringleader, Maria Gonzales (Samantha Morton). Soon, the pair are engaged in a torrid, forbidden affair that only grows more dangerous when one of Maria’s customers is found dead.