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Fermat's Room [DVD] [2007]

Lluis Homar , Alejo Sauras , Luis Piedrahita , Rodrigo Sopena    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Lluis Homar, Alejo Sauras, Elena Bellesteros, Santi Millan, Federico Lupi
  • Directors: Luis Piedrahita, Rodrigo Sopena
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Spanish
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Revolver Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 7 Sep 2009
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001ASPZ2E
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 32,688 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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One room. Four genius minds. The greatest enigma will be how to survive. Fermat s Room (La habitación de Fermat) is a stunning Spanish thriller, winner of numerous festival awards. The film stars two of Spain s best known actors; Santi Millán (Idiot Love) and Lluis Homar (Almodóvar s Bad Education and Broken Embraces) as well as the ever popular Federico Luppi (Pan s Labyrinth), Alejo Sauras, and Elena Ballesteros. Four strangers, who are all mathematicians, are invited to spend a weekend together where they will be challenged to solve a great enigma. Their mysterious host is only known to them by a pseudonym: Fermat. But the room in which they find themselves turns out to be a death-trap that will crush them if they do not discover in time what connects them all and why someone might wish to murder them.

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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Spanish horror film about maths... 8 Sep 2009
I shamelessly stole and adapated the title of this review for good reason. The nowadays sadly obligatory review quote on the DVD box reads "Pi meets Cube with a dash of Saw". I'm not certain that's entirely accurate and liked the actual tagline "Think inside the box" a whole lot more.
Yes there are numbers involved (Pi). Yes they are trapped in a kind of box-deathtrap (Cube) and yes there is an unknown devilish tormenter who poses riddles (Saw) but to break "Fermat's Room" up into merely the sum of it's parts is to do this film a great disservice.
(Also mention of "Cube" and "Saw" is perhaps aimed at attracting slightly the wrong audience while "Pi" the "Jewish horror film about maths" is a lot closer to the mark.... but maybe I'm reading too much into it).

Frankly this is a film that would struggle to find screentime at most multiplex cinemas. The release of "Fermat's Room" in the UK is unapologetically aimed at a niche audience. It's a foreign language, low-budget, mathematics-themed horror/thriller and I enjoyed it heartily.

Four apparent strangers are invited by riddle to attend the solving of a mysterious enigma that would challenge the greatest of minds. Their intellectual curiosity and perhaps arrogance leads them into a potential deathtrap of solving timed mathematical riddles to stay alive (To be just the slightest bit critical here I did find some of the riddles less than challenging as they tended to be the kind of logic puzzles I learned as a child). Of course the film's biggest riddle of all is why, specifically, are they there.

What starts most sedately gradually escalates into a crescendo of panic, paranoia, accusation and the will to survive.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Spanish psychological thriller 23 Oct 2010
By Mr. P. Johnson VINE VOICE
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It is very hard to review this film without spoiling the plot but I will try my best. A group of very different people receive individual invitations to a dinner hosted by a genius. They all eventually decide to go, to find on arrival that their host is missing. Soon after dinner, they find that they have to solve problems against the clock. If they fail to do so, something nasty happens. What is the reason for this ? What is the connection between the characters. Can they solve the problems in time? All is revealed eventually, with great twists and turns that keep you guessing. If it sounds a bit like an Agatha Christie play, you are not a million miles away. However, it is crisper, better plotted, and better acted than most of hers will ever be. One for fans of World Cinema and mystery thrillers, none of whom should be disappointed by this Spanish mini-classic.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Clever 20 July 2010
By Wildman
I'm not sure where I picked this film up from but I really enjoyed it. I was gripped from the start and enjoyed the successive reveals, the film is quite a short film but not harmed for that.

So highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Like watching in "Blur"-ray, good film though 14 Feb 2011
By Little Cat Voom TOP 500 REVIEWER
It`s a rare breed, the old math-based thriller. Which is how this is described, but it`s more than that. The story boils down to one man trying to finish off some others, and a will-they, won`t-they escape finale? 90% of the story is not particularly original, but it is well-acted and easy to follow without being fluent in Spanish, and as the dialogue is not the key to the film, it`s pretty easy to follow events - especially when the walls are literally closing in on our main characters, and people are driving off cliffs. I might well argue though that it`s a damn good job that following the subtitles isn`t crucial, as they were blurred. In fact, the whole film has a grainy-8mm look about it; in terms of actual picture quality this is Grindhouse. I like the film though, which is about a group of mathematicians meeting under mysterious circumstances, invited by "Fermat", as they discover how they relate to each other. The dynamics and tension between them is a good watch, as the odd red herring throws off both them and the viewer. If you don`t mind grainy subtitles and reasonably sub-standard picture quality, then you might well enjoy this.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 29 July 2010
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I bought this along with 2 other related films that Amazon recommended to me.

The other two (Storm and Primer) I watched and will watch again, where as this one I have already sold on and have no interest in watching a second time.

Other reviews have mentioned the simplicity of the puzzles and this was one of the major things which prevented me engaging with the film. The world's best mathematicians struggling with `a man has 7 daughters who have 5 sons each son is... how old is the father' type questions...

I cant go in to detail without spoiling it, but I found it difficult to suspend my disbelief and accept how the room worked.

Both of the above points kept me distracted whilst watching and prevented me having sympathy for the characters involved.

Acting and cinematography was good, the script's ability to make me believe this could actual happen is what ultimately lets it down for me.

There are quite a few extras on the DVD, but I found all bar the explanations of how CGI was used to good effect in some scenes added nothing to the film.

Its not a bad film and if you have nothing else to do its not wasted time watching it, but don't expect to feel sated afterwards.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars a thriller which didn't quite
It has a reasonably straightforward plot, but there is little mystery or suspense involved, and after the Cube it showed itself lacking. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Barbara. Barron
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant
Although foreign and it had subtitles, don't let that put you off. We were very impressed, and really glad we bought it.
Published 11 months ago by pam adams
4.0 out of 5 stars Subtitle Warning
Thought I'd give this film the average review score however I have been unable to watch it due to the tiny subtitles. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Mr. Richard Warburton
3.0 out of 5 stars A teasingly twisted psychological thriller
It's not really about maths - it's about twisted psychology and the lengths some people will go to in order to mess with peoples' heads. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Benminx
3.0 out of 5 stars Not for Horror fans.
Something makes me want to cradle this film in my arms and nurture it into a bigger budget film, in English, with a touch of gore, and genius Mathematical tests. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Belinda Barchard
5.0 out of 5 stars A perfect film
I started to watch this film with some trepidation as it has - on the DVD I watched anyway - atrocious sub-titles which meant I viewed the whole film kneeling in front of the TV. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Read To Live
5.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing...
What an enjoyable movie to watch. This reminded me very much of the Italian-directed, but English speaking movie called "The Cube", where a bunch of people were trapped in a series... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Chris
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice surprise
I have to be honest I didnt expect much from this film when I started watching however I was pleasantly surprised by this little film. Read more
Published on 27 Feb 2012 by sheldongate
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok, unless you are claustrophobic!
A bit like Saw without the gore!

An intriguing start and story premise. Well acted with an OK script. It would have made a good hours length film. Read more
Published on 24 Nov 2011 by G. Brooks
4.0 out of 5 stars A superb, mathematical mystery thriller
Fermat's Room is a well paced mystery thriller to keep you guessing throughout as four mathematicians, at different moments in their careers and lives, come together to discuss a... Read more
Published on 4 July 2011 by Mr. James Dickson
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