Poster for Primer

Spring 2005 Edge series

Sunday, April 17, 2005 at 4:00pm
Sunday, April 17, 2005 at 7:00pm

Acadia Cinema's Al Whittle Theatre
450 Main Street, Wolfville, NS

Directed by


Rated PG · 1h 20m
United States

Already among the year’s most talked-about films, Primer is one of those puzzles that withholds its secrets even after endless post-screening discussions. Although related to both the cautionary tale and pulp sci-fi in its design, Primer’s greatest strength lies in its ability to create a believable hermetic world and encapsulate the perfervid madness surrounding the technology boom of the nineties. Structured in their ever-present white shirts and ties and imprisoned in their concrete-box office blocks and cookie-cutter suburban homes, the film’s characters are desperate to be different, to win, to be the ones who make it. Primer brilliantly captures this iconic suburban soul, making it a quintessentially American film, a necessary update of a familiar kind of Yankee optimism run amok.

“An unapologetically cerebral movie of ideas.” – Leah McLaren, The Globe and Mail

“Riveting. Radically independent.” – David Ansen, Newsweek

“An ingenious movie about the perils of ingenuity. Invigorating… the kind of movie likely to inspire both imitators and cultists. Carruth has invented something fascinating.” – A.O. Scott, The New York Times

“The year’s most effective science fiction film. Primer is a reminder that the best sci-fi action requires you to think.” – Jason Silverman, Wired