Sunday, October 26, 2014
The Visitors (1993)
I am a sucker for time travel stories, especially for they deal with inevitable paradoxes that get raised. The Visitors (1993) is a French film that I watched last night. Think of it as the inverse of Michael Crichton's Timeline. A French count and his vassal are transported from the 12th century to 1992. Unlike Timeline which involves quantum remote FAXing gone awry, the time travel forward involves a senile wizard who forgets to include quail eggs in his vile concoction. There are the usual fish out of water gags, including a Moor driving the devil's chariot (a French post office van) and the vassal discovering the French Revolution, with predictable results. It's a funny movie, unlike Timeline. I was pleased to see that it won a number of French film awards.