Mousy scienties Rosetta Stone (Tilda Swinton) creates three Self Replecating Automatons(SRAs): the glamorous Ruby, Marinne and Olive (all played by Swinton). The SRAs need themale Y chromosome to survive, so Ruby ventures forth from their home periodically for someanonymous sex. She saves the condoms, which are subsequently used as tea bags. The SRAs pinefor independent life, and Ruby oversteps her bounds, thus risking discovery for them all.
Though some of the elements mig…t make the movie sound like a sex comedy, it issomething rather more sweet: a mild SF comedy with a romantic heart (the latter is brought outby the gentle, sometimes very funny relationship that springs up between Ruby and terminal nerdJeremy Davies). Slow-paced and burdened by some unnecessary filler, Teknolust is alsograced with quirky characterization and a cheerfully odd-ball sense of humour.
This is a quiet film, so the 2.0 soundtrack doesn’t get much of a workout, especially in thesurround elements. The music sounds fine, with an evocative, dreamy and expansive mix. Therear speakers are only really active with the music. The dialogue, which is often very quiet orwhispered, is given a crisp reproduction.
The picture is presented in anamorphic widescreen, a format more Velocity releases shouldadopt. The colours are good when they are stable, but there is a fair degree of digital artifacting(colours sometimes smear, and the edges tend to break up). There are also some very grainyshots.
Director Lynn Hersman Leeson’s commentary is very informative, going into great detail toexplain not only the details of how the film was made, but what the thematic function of even thesmallest details is. There are brief bios and filmographies for Leeson, Swinton and Davies. Thetrailers included here are for Teknolust, Teddy Bears’ Picnic, AsylumDays, Blast and Hallow’s End. The menu’s main screen is scored, and everysingle transition is animated and scored (this becomes rather tiresome after a bit).
Not a perfect film, but a very likeable one, and definitely not your usual low-budget SF.
Special Features List
- Director’s Commentary
- Bios and Filmographies