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In 2054, Paris is a labyrinth where all movement is monitored and recorded. Casting a shadow over everything is the city's largest company, Avalon, which insinuates itself into every aspect of contemporary life to sell its primary export -- youth and beauty. In this world of stark contrasts and rigid laws the populace is kept in line and accounted for.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Barthélémy Karas (voice)
Ilona Tasuiev (voice)
Jonas Muller (voice)
Nusrat Farfella (voice)
Bislane Tasuiev (voice)
Paul Dellenbach (voice)
Robert Dauney ...
Karas (voice)
Bislane (voice)
Isabelle Van Waes ...
Ilona (voice) (as Isabelle Van Waess)
Max Hayter ...
Dellenbach (voice)
Marco Lorenzini ...
Muller (voice)
Jerome Causse ...
Amiel (voice)
Nurses (voice)
Parisian (voice)
David Benito ...
Nayhib (voice)


Paris, 2054: a dark motion-captured world of shadows and right angles. Ilona Tasuiev, a brilliant young scientist, is kidnapped, and her employer, Avalon, a major health and beauty corporation, wants her found. Karas, a jaded police captain, is assigned to find her, fast. He seeks help from her sister, Bislane, and they are soon uncovering identify theft, missing files, and hints that something back in 2006 may explain what's going on. Ilona's mentor, Avalon's vice president, a Japanese researcher, an underworld boss, and Bislane's drug connection all figure in the mix. So does an attraction between Karas and Bislane. What's behind the kidnapping? Who's the victim? Written by <>

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Paris 2054. Live forever or die trying.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some violent images, sexuality, nudity and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

15 March 2006 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Renacimiento  »

Box Office


€14,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$10,800 (USA) (22 September 2006)


$63,260 (USA) (13 October 2006)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Renaissance took six years to complete on a budget of 15 million dollars. See more »


The movie is set in 2054, this is shown at the beginning, where the date "Oct 12 2054" is given in the Avalon advertisement. Throughout the movie, Ilona is said to be 22 years old, so she should be born around 2034. However, when she is abducted in the beginning, her passport is falling to the ground and her date of birth is visible as "24/06/2020". So either the movie plays in 2042 or the d.o.b. in her passport is wrong. See more »


Billboard Woman: I like being beautiful. I like to stay fit. That's why I like Avalon. With Avalon, I know I'm beautiful. And I'm going to stay that way.
Announcer: Avalon. For a better world.
Billboard Woman: Health. Beauty. Longevity. Avalon. We're on your side. For life.
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Referenced in Renaissance: Making of promo (2006) See more »

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Have you seen Blade Runner?
14 March 2006 | by (France) – See all my reviews

If the answer to this question is yes, then you should enjoy this excellent movie. I've just seen it a couple of hours ago here in Paris (where the action of the movie takes place)and I can still feel the huge trauma I received in the back of my eyes...What a visual shock ! I've never seen such a beautiful black&white photo and such a drastic change in the way of doing animated movies. I strongly believe there will a before and after "Renaissance", similarly to what we saw with Pixar movies or the Akira and GhostInTheShell experiences. This is a real breakthrough in the small world of animated movies and I hope this french initiative (a small unknown french studio with a few young folks who had a dream named "Renaissance"...) will receive the success and recognition it deserves. Vive la France !

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