The film consists of six interrelated and interwoven stories spanning different time periods: an 1849 diary of an ocean voyage across the Pacific; letters from a composer to his friend in the 1930s; a thriller about a murder at a nuclear power plant set in the 1970s; a farce about a publisher in a nursing home in the present day; a rebellious clone in a futuristic Korea; and the tale of a tribe living in a post-apocalyptical Hawaii, far in the future.
In the post-apocalyptic Hawaiian segment Susan Sarandon played a tribal priestess/wise-woman called the Abbess.
Susan Sarandon appeared as different characters in three other segments: as a missionary’s wife in 1849, Ursula in the present-day segment, and an Indian man in the Korean segment.
Susan Sarandon said:
I have very small parts, but many genders of varying looks and ages and everybody else does too. Everyone was trans-everything, all over the place. I was a little nervous.
I was a little nervous about some of the things I had to do, and then everyone was being so brave, bouncing from one set to the other and one pair of contact lenses to the other, noses and whatever, so I just went for it.
Jeremy Woodhead & Daniel Parker were the hair makeup designers; Kuno Schlegelmilch was credited for makeup concept; Siân Richards was Halle Berry’s personal makeup artist. An army of makeup effects artists & studios worked on sculpting, making & applying the various character prosthetics in the movie including: Filmefex, Animated Extras, Valentina Visintin, Barney Nikolic, Göran Lundström of (EffektStudion), Creatures Inc, Floris Schuller, Pepe Mora …
One artist was offered work on the movie by three different FX companies in different countries.
The tattoos were Tinsley transfers.