Official selection of the 1997 Toronto International Film Festival.
In this award-winning film (which was the first to use "virtual sets"), Academy Award® winner Tilda Swinton embodies Lady Ada Lovelace, daughter of Romantic poet Lord Byron and the mathematics genius who developed what became the world's first computer language 100 years before computers were invented. Ada's story is channeled through Emmy, a contemporary computer scientist researching artificial life. By using her own DNA genetic code, Emmy collapses time and is able to communicate directly with Ada. Realizing how parallel their lives are, she embarks on the task of "saving" Ada. In the process, the borders between past and present, virtual and real, blur and Ada and Emmy both recognize the implications their place in time.
Cast & Crew
- John Perry Barlow - John Crosse
- Karen Black - Anne Isabella Byron, Baroness Byron
- David Brooks - Children's tutor
- Francesca Faridany - Emmy Coer
- Timothy Leary - Sims
- Lynn Hershman Leeson - CD-ROM voice
- Esther Mulligan - Mary Shelley
- Owen Murphy - William King-Noel, 1st Earl of Lovelace
- John O'Keefe - Charles Babbage
- Michael Oosterom - George Gordon Noel Byron, 6th Baron Byron
- Henry S. Rosenthal - CD-ROM voice
- Ellen Sebastian - Dr. Fury
- Tilda Swinton - Ada Augusta Byron King, Countess of Lovelace
- J.D. Wolfe - Nicholas Clayton
- Awards & Accolades
- Someone to Watch Award Independent Spirit Awards 1999
Reviews(see the best reviews)
Cheap production hurts this conceptually ambitious, if obvious in construction, film. Tilda Swinton is achingly beautiful and has some interesting soliloquies but it's all talk and little show. Although there are interesting images in the the film, they should have been used to tell the story. Rather, we get images relaying the concepts of the author and the characters telling us what they mean while relating the story through direct address--blah--it's bad horror movie technique relating a schlock psuedo-intellectual indie film. The synthesized music really sinks it for me. I give it three stars because there is a good idea for a better film here and Ms Swinton is amazing to me, when they say the camera loves someone (even a crappy camera) she is what they mean.
Timely and generally a well done movie. Tilda was excellent and a believeable
character. Fascinating subject: catching lost memories from the past with computer intellegence. However, a pipe dream and probably impossible considering there was no "connected interface. anywhere." However, generally an excellent movie and worth watching.
Now I will have to research Lord Bryon, Ada, Babbage and more.
As Facile abd disjointed as the fake sets, this film was a major disservice to the memory of the incredible Ada Byron Lovelace. The filmmaker seemed to be learning how to film as she put this badly and highly amaturish narrative together. Tilda Swinton's passionate performance was the only saving grace in this slipshod production. She even got the number of years wrong between 1852 and 2000 (158 not 166).
very interesting, I liked it//