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Echoed in tone by Steven Soderbergh's low-fi, high-glamour Full Frontal, Mike Figgis' digi-experiment is about half as funny and twice as daring, pushing the boundaries of cinema.

Four cameras follow four characters in synchronised 90-odd-minute takes, with the drama displayed on a four-way split screen. So, while the audio may guide you towards Salma Hayek's aspiring actress lying to her lover (Jeanne Tripplehorn), you could also choose to watch the film executive she's screwing (Stellan Skarsgård) ambling into a meeting, or his estranged wife (Saffron Burrows) spilling all to her psychiatrist.

The satire's sting is as slight as the story but the improvised performances are astonishing. Skarsgård's frayed cuckold is particularly spot-on, giving heart and soul to the picture's technical brilliance, but established talents such as Kyle MacLachlan and Holly Hunter also impress in bit parts. Compelling.

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  • UK Theatrical Release Date: January 1st 2004

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