Synopsis: Flatland is a two-dimensional universe occupied by living geometric figures - squares, triangles, circles, etc. A Square, Attorney At Law, finds himself in the middle of two upheavals: the rise of martial law by the circular leadership of Flatland, and the arrival of A Sphere, CEO Of Messiah, Incorporated, a creature from a hitherto-unknown third dimensional world.
95 min

You ready for your first

Sight Recognition lesson?

I guess so.

- What do you see when you look at me?

- A square.

Is that what you really see?


- Go on.

- A line?

- Is that all?

- Uhm...

What do you see at the edges of the line?

Look closer.

I see, like, shadings?

That's the ether. The Fog. It dims

the light the further away you are.

It's everywhere, so to children and

the uneducated it's nowhere, invisible.

That's why they have

to feel their way around,

touching people in order to

figure out who or what they are.

- Feelers are sticksville.

- That's right, that's right.


suppose two individuals are approaching.

A triangle... and a pentagon.

Which is which?

Ah ah ah! No touching!

If that were a real triangle you could

hurt yourself on his sharp angles!

Why can't I just walk around it?

That way I could see the shading easier.

Now, that's not done in polite company.

Sometimes when there are a lot of people

you can wiggle back and forth to triangulate,

but you don't want to go

all the way around someone.

- So you figure it out by

standing right where you are.

- Urgh!

- But how do I do it?

- Infer the shape through the shading.

- See?

- B Square! How are you?

Not bad, not bad. Is my brother in?

I can't do it!

Am I stupid?

- I must be a feeler!

- Sight recognition isn't easy,

I know, but it'll come to you...

Your brother is here!

- We'll continue the lesson in a moment.

- Do we have to?

- Wee! I got you!

- No you didn't!

- Yes I did!

- B Square!

- A Square!

What's this about representing A Line?

I haven't taken her case yet.

I'm meeting her this afternoon.

- But she's a Chromatist!

- Accused.

- Like five percent of the population.

- Of the male population.

- She's the first woman who's joined the...

- Just because you work at the ministry,

you can't go around accusing

people without evidence.

Oh, there's plenty of evidence, big brother.

Ah! So, another show trial.

Can't you talk any sense into your husband?

I might puncture some into him.

- Don't forget your Peace-cry!

You could be arrested!

- Right.

That's not funny.

Don't encourage her, B...

A Hexagon! How's my favorite nephew?


What are you talking about?

Is it about Chromatism? Is it?

Chromatism is cool...

Where did he hear that?

- Go to your room!

- But my lesson!

- In your room!

- Oh, all right.

Can I get you anything B?

Well, I can't stay.Big doings this afternoon.

The President is going to

meet with Chromatistes.

- A concession?

- Just... don't go out for a while.

- That's why I came by, to warn you.

- But...

my client... I'm meeting her this afternoon.

- I never miss an appointment.

- Listen to your brother for once!

Sometimes even lines give

good advice, big brother.

- Attend to your Configuration.

- Attend to your Configuration.

President Circle! Sir! Where are you going?

Follow me,

we'll talk as we head for the Hospital.

The... Hospital of Reconfiguration?

Yes, yes,

the First Line had a child last night.

Something went wrong. An irregular side.

- I'm... so sorry sir...

- These things happen.

The Hospital has good doctors.

In fact I'm heading over now

to see my son for the very first time,

completely reconfigured by now!

- And your wife? Is she all right?

- Yes, of course,

in the recovery room.

But she picked a terrible time for a pregnancy.

The Chromatists... Senator Chromatistes...

The constant threat of war on the border...

- So, did you review my plan?

- Yes, sir...

- Problems?

- No, sir.

Good. And the speech?

- Brilliant, sir. Absolutely brilliant..

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Tom Whalen

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