The near future. While Investigating a case of fraudulent 'papelles' (insurance cover, passport and visa rolled into one) at the Sphinx insurance company in Shanghai husband and father William falls in love with the worker he suspects, Maria Gonzalez. He does not report her. They spend the night together. William returns to his wife and son In Seattle. When one of Maria's clients dies, using a fake set of papelles William is sent back to Shanghai. Torn between his professional duty and his love for Maria, William must decide whether to risk his career and his marriage to be with her.

Cast & Crew

Directed by: Michael Winterbottom

Written by: Frank Cottrell Boyce

Produced by: Andrew Eaton

Cinematography: Marcel Zyskind

Production Design: Alwin Kuchler

Original Score: The Three Association

Cast: Tim Robbins (William), Samantha Morton (Maria)

Nominations and Awards

  • European Cinematographer – Prix Carlo Di Palma 2004
  • European Composer 2004
  • People's Choice Award 2004
  • Feature Film Selection 2004