The Infinite Man
“An uncanny comedy that mixes the metaphysics of GROUNDHOG DAY with the emotionality of ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND and a splash of the tech-y nerdiness of PRIMER” - Drew Taylor, INDIEWIRE
Dean is one of those individuals who don’t leave anything to chance, always looking ahead as he meticulously lays out each of his activities in a plan beforehand. While this controlling obsession with organization has done wonders to quickly propel his scientific career, it has left his romantic life in dire straits. His girlfriend, Lana, is getting fed up with this man who calculates his every little move with maniacal minutiae. In order to rekindle the couple’s spark, Dean comes up with a brilliant idea: recreate, down to the smallest detail, an unforgettable weekend that is still cherished by both to this day. Together, they will relive each moment of the magical getaway that sealed their love. Immediately upon their arrival, however, Dean’s careful planning seems destined for failure. Shut down long ago, their beloved hotel is now nothing but an abandoned mansion in the middle of the desert. Baffled and befuddled, Dean still tries to set his plan into motion, much to Lana’s frustration. Soon, the appearance of an unexpected element will leave the scientist stranded alone in the middle of nowhere. All is not lost, however. A year later, Dean searches for Lana in order to show her his most recent invention: a machine literally capable of taking them back in time so that they can set things right. Little does he know that things are about to get worse. Unbeknownst to him, his creation will set off an insurmountable paradox that will force him to confront himself. Finding Lana is but a matter of time, only not in the way you might expect.
What happens when we try to fix our problems by going back in time? Explored numerous times in science fiction, this question is approached from the perspective of a biting romantic comedy in THE INFINITE MAN, the brilliant debut feature from Australian filmmaker Hugh Sullivan. In the vein of Ray Bradbury, the director concocts a simple concept that rapidly grows out of proportion. Every time Dean (the excellent Josh McConville) attempts to put an end to his temporal muddle, he clumsily ends up piling one major screw-up on top of another. Thanks to its flawlessly funny script, THE INFINITE MAN triggers a domino effect reminiscent of TIMECRIMES and Monthy Python. Furthermore, the film surprises us with its realistic portrayal of love, the climax of which occurs during a magnificent scene overflowing with grace and sensitivity. Praised at SXSW, this exciting discovery will make you laugh like few others at Fantasia this year!
— Simon Laperrière