R | | Drama, Sci-Fi
In a totalitarian future society, a man, whose daily work is re-writing history, tries to rebel by falling in love.
The movie unites Sir John Hurt and Cyril Cusack, who have in common, playing the role of Control in two different adaptations from John Le Carré novels: Cusack played Control in The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (1965), while Hurt played in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011).
This is our land. A land of peace and of plenty. A land of harmony and hope. This is our land. Oceania. These are our people. The workers, the strivers, the builders. These are our people. The builders of our world, struggling, fighting, bleeding, ...
When Winston and Julia are together in the room upstairs for the second time, Julia asks Winston what time the clock on the wall says. He responds that it is 21 hours, or 9pm. When Julia leaves and Winston picks up the glass ball off the table, the clock behind it shows 2:30.
The movie begins with the title "Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past."