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Renaissance -- 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 beau

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Director:
Writers:
Alexandre de La Patellière (original story) &
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Release Date:
15 March 2006 (France) See more »
Tagline:
Paris 2054. Live forever or die trying.
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order)

Daniel Craig ... Barthélémy Karas (voice)

Romola Garai ... Ilona Tasuiev (voice)

Ian Holm ... Jonas Muller (voice)

Kevork Malikyan ... Nusrat Farfella (voice)

Catherine McCormack ... Bislane Tasuiev (voice)

Jonathan Pryce ... Paul Dellenbach (voice)
Robert Dauney ... Karas (voice)

Crystal Shepherd-Cross ... Bislane (voice)
Isabelle Van Waes ... Ilona (voice) (as Isabelle Van Waess)

Max Hayter ... Dellenbach (voice)
Marco Lorenzini ... Muller (voice)
Jerome Causse ... Amiel (voice)

Clémentine Baert ... Nurses (voice)

Chris Bearne ... Parisian (voice)
David Benito ... Nayhib (voice)
Tsuyu Browell ... Reporaz (voice)
Alexandre Degli Esposti ... Young Farfella (voice)
Marcia Fantin ... Parisian (voice)
Logan Feierbach ... Théo (voice)
Raphaël Fuchs-Willig ... Claud (voice) (as Raphael Fuchs Willis)
Paul Jenkins ... Security Force (voice)
Radica Jovicic ... Woman Hostage (voice)
Christian Kmiotek ... Vord Lover (voice)
Sophie Knight ... Farfella's Woman (voice)
Anouk Lenorman ... Little Girl with Balloon (voice)
Salomé Lenorman ... Little Girl (voice)
Kumar Motiani ... Farfella's Security Force (voice)

Julian Nest ... Parisian (voice)
Daniel Plier ... Montoya (voice)
Tim Probyn ... Policeman (voice)
Vladimir Radovic ... Nightclubber (voice)
Jessica Reavis ... Avalon's Hopstess (voice)
Arnita Swanson ... Nora (voice)
Neil Underwood ... Homeless Man (voice)
Chas Warlow ... Woeller (voice)
Bob Watson Barr ... Nokata (voice) (as Robert Watson Barr)
Leslie Woodhall ... Elderly Man (voice)
Linda Woodhall ... Elderly Woman (voice)

Jean-François Wolff ... Farfella (voice)

Rick Warden ... Amiel (voice)

Nina Sosanya ... Reparez (voice)
Lachele Carl ... Nora (voice)

Sean Pertwee ... Montoya (voice)
Sean Barrett ... Naghib (voice)
Breffni McKenna ... Dimitri (voice)
Christopher Parkinson ... Karas Boy (voice)
Pax Baldwin ... Farfella Boy (voice)
Wayne Forester ... Administrator (voice) (as Wayne Forrester)
Julia Braams ... Avalon Woman (voice) (as Julia Brams)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Marc Alfos ... Nustra Farfella (voice)

Samir Bezzah ... L'homme action A
Laura Blanc ... Bislane Tasuiev (voice)
Marc Cassot ... Jonas Muller (voice)
Bruno Choel ... Pierre Amiel (voice)
Boutros El Amari ... Goran (voice)
Patrick Floersheim ... Barthélémy Karas (voice)
Dean Gregory ... Di Borgo Lieutenant Griffin (voice)
Gabriel Le Doze ... Paul Dellenbach (voice)
Virginie Mery ... Ilona Tasuiev (voice)

Directed by
Christian Volckman 
 
Writing credits
Alexandre de La Patellière (original story) &
Matthieu Delaporte (original story)

Michael Katims (english dialogue)

Alexandre de La Patellière  adaptation
Matthieu Delaporte  adaptation
Jean-Bernard Pouy  adaptation
Patrick Raynal  adaptation

Produced by
Timothy Burrill .... co-producer
Jake Eberts .... executive producer
Lilian Eche .... co-producer
Ilann Girard .... executive producer
Louise Goodsill .... executive producer
Ralph Kamp .... executive producer
Roch Lener .... producer
Jean-Bernard Marinot .... line producer: Onyx Films
Ariane Payen .... co-producer
Aton Soumache .... producer
Alexis Vonarb .... producer
 
Original Music by
Nicholas Dodd 
 
Film Editing by
Pascal Tosi 
 
Casting by
Monique Durlacher 
Celestia Fox 
 
Production Design by
Christian Volckman (original designer)
 
Art Direction by
Pascal Valdes 
 
Production Management
Sean Cooney .... post-production executive
Steve Mannes .... unit manager: Luxembourg
Agathe Pinchon .... co-production manager: international
Pierre Reyssat .... post-production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
James Hagger .... first assistant director
David Morais Rocas .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Hélène Giraud .... concept artist
Manuel Herminio .... property master
Marc Miance .... original visual concept
Bruno Zenatello .... construction coordinator
 
Sound Department
James Bennett .... assistant adr mixer
Christophe Bourreau .... foley artist
Steve Browell .... adr assistant editor
Paul Carr .... adr mixer
Tim Cavagin .... sound re-recording mixer
Simon Chase .... assistant sound editor
Paul Conway .... adr supervisor
Gregoire Couzinier .... supervising sound designer
Thomas Couzinier .... supervising sound designer
Tony Currie .... sound editor
Tom Davis .... additional adr assistant
Frederic Echelard .... sound mixer (as Fred Echelard)
Alain Goniva .... sound
Guillaume Le Bras .... sound recordist
Vincent Mauduit .... foley sound engineer
Benoît Mouet .... sound mixer
Mark Paterson .... assistant adr mixer
Grahame Peters .... adr editor: crowd (as Graham Peters)
Bruno Porret .... sound assistant
Steve Single .... sound re-recording mixer
Oliver Tarney .... supervising sound editor
Yann Vernier .... foley assistant
 
Special Effects by
Sylvain Muze .... special effects artist
Mathioeu Negrel .... special effects artist
Pierre Villette .... special effects supervisor
 
Visual Effects by
Hugo Arcier .... digital artist
Jérôme Arthuis .... technical Director: laboratory
Stephanie Aubriot .... modeler
Quentin Auger .... character setup
Pierre Avon .... animation director: Attitude Studio
Axel Bonami .... digital compositor
Nicolas Bonnell .... 3D financial director: Attitude
Lucie Bories .... digital compositor
Gaëlle Bossis .... digital compositor
Matthew Bristowe .... digital lab producer: MPC
Ronan Broudin .... senior compositor: Attitude Studio
Remi Brun .... head of motion capture
Lescalet Clément .... conform assistant
Romain Côte .... character modeler
Benoit De Longlee .... lighting
Brune Marie de Miscault .... digital artist
Jerome Desvignes .... modeling supervisor
Marc Dubrois .... layout team manager
Ludovic Fouche .... CGI artist
Laetitia Gabrielli .... lighter
Nicolas Galvani .... visual effects supervisor/animator
Geoffroy Givry .... senior digital compositor
Pierre Gosset .... digital artist
Jean-Baptiste Guionie .... set modeler
Ali Hamdan .... character technical director
Laurent Hamery .... digital artist
Sebastien Haure .... senior character modeler
Laurent Herveic .... character animator/modeler
Rob Hill .... filmtel artist
Aurelie Lajoux .... digital effects artist
Julien Lambert .... lighting technical director
Mathieu Le Meur .... visual effects set modeler
Benjamin Le Ster .... character effects supervisor
Bertrand Lempereur .... digital compositor
François-Xavier Lepeintre .... set modeler
Begoña Lopez .... digital lab producer: MPC
Jean Baptiste Lère .... CGI production manager
Pierre Marteel .... matte painter
Eric Mauhourat .... character rigger
Carlos Perona .... modeler
Romain Privat de Fortunie .... character effects artist
Richard Raimbault .... character modeller
Olivier Renouard .... rig & facial supervisor
Binisti Rémy .... character animator
Binisti Rémy .... set modeler
Pierre Salazar .... modeler: visual effects & props
Adeline Simon .... digital compositor
Rossi Sébastien .... set modeler
Nina Taraud .... render wrangler
David Tcheko Latulipe .... facial expressions supervisor
Marine Tuloup .... CGI production coordinator
Sofi Vaillant .... digital compositor
John Van Hoey Smith .... filmtel artist
Frédérique Vandenberghe .... motion capture technical director
Robert A. Willis .... digital film recordist
Henri Zaitoun .... digital camera supervisor
Veronique Zylberfain .... cgi artist
Ali Hamdan .... lighting technical director (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Philippe Bardelli .... stunts
Hakim Bezzah .... stunts (as Akim Bezzah)
Samir Bezzah .... stunt coordinator
Samir Bezzah .... stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Etienne Braun .... still photographer
 
Animation Department
Nicolas Bauduin .... animator
Marie Celaya .... animator
Gerald Clevy .... animator (as Gérald Clévy)
Vayssettes Frank .... motion capture lead
Carlo Giesa .... animation/rigging td
Jean Hemez .... animator
Jean-Charles Laurent .... animator
Vincent Lemaire .... animator
Galvani Nicolas .... assistant animation director
Emmanuel Vergne .... animator
 
Casting Department
Abigail Barbier .... adr voice casting
Louis Elman .... adr voice casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Magdalena Marczynska .... wardrobe
 
Editorial Department
Benjamin Brenneur .... motion editor
Francine Gamblin .... assistant editor
Sylviane Gozin .... assistant editor (as Sylviane Gosin Tosi)
Julien Mazon .... assistant editor
Harry Muller .... color timer
Laurent Pelé .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Emmanuel Deletang .... music consultant
Nicholas Dodd .... conductor
Nicholas Dodd .... orchestrator
Edouard Dubois .... music consultant
Thomas Jamois .... soundtrack coordinator
Charles Olins .... composer: additional music
Matt Robertson .... music pre-production
Matt Robertson .... music programmer
 
Transportation Department
Christophe Vincent .... driver
 
Other crew
Monika Agorelius .... additional epk
Delphine Ankoudovitch .... production assistant
Laetitia Beverini .... script supervisor
Benjamin Deboute .... developer
Benjamin Deboute .... lead render wrangler
Jon Duncan .... production accountant: UK
Jacqueline Edwards .... production coordinator: UK
Julien Frantz .... software engineering
Stéphane Garten .... assistant location manager
Ambroise Gayet .... assistant location manager
Michael Katims .... story consultant
Steve Mannes .... assistant location manager
Sebastien Masino .... software engineering
Romain Maurer .... software engineer
Thomas Metais .... software engineering
Charles Pottier .... computer technology
Mannes Steve .... location manager
Christophe Vey .... intern
 
Thanks
François Dumoulin .... special thanks
 

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MPAA:
Rated R for some violent images, sexuality, nudity and language
Runtime:
105 min
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Renaissance took six years to complete on a budget of 15 million dollars.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: 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 »
Quotes:
Jonas Muller:Without death, life is meaningless.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Renaissance: Making of promo (2006) (TV)See more »

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63 out of 75 people found the following review useful.
Superficial but superb nonetheless, 18 September 2006
Author: RolandCPhillips from United Kingdom

One reason Pixar has endured so well, and been so successful, is that while their films remain technical marvels and visual mosaics, they have a story to match their style. And often very moving style at that: affecting, charming and cross-generational. That a lot Anime (speaking in broad terms) and a great many other animations fail to match their technical virtuosity with real substance is, I think (and I might be wrong) partly because either the makers aren't bothered with character and plot and focus far too much on sound and image, or the sheer effort that goes into making some animations is so enormous, so enervating that they don't have the energy to create a really engaging story.

That same cannot be said of Renaissance. There are flaws in its plot, but I'll get to that later. Those same flaws, however, are not reflected in the visuals - Renaissance is nowt short of stunning. The ultra-high contrast images (sometimes so high-contrast that is nothing but one face or one beam of light visible) and incredible detail are always impressive, always a joy to behold. The futuristic Paris on display is the grim offspring of Blade Runner and Brave New World; dark, murky, quite affluent and even clean, but shrouded in intrigue, corporate malfeasance, obsessed with beauty (capital of the catwalk, after all) and disguising the squalor and neglect of its labyrinthine passages with a veneer of monumental, sophisticated architecture.

It's a compelling environment, not entirely original, but great all the same. The film's much-touted 'motion-capture' technology and incredible attention to human and design minutiae result in images a black-and-white photographer would die for. Not that the detail prevents entertainment, because Christian Volckman crafts some superb action sequences: a hell-for-leather care chase, a couple of gruesome(ly imaginative) murders, several tussles in the dark and a nasty dust-up in a gloomy apartment. The locations are great, too (I want to visit the nightclub). While the central character of Karas is your regular off-the-shelf maverick cop, the other two female characters (who are sisters) are the real motors of the movie. Coming from war-torn Eastern Europe, products of a war, diaspora and a family spat, they're a compelling metaphor for Europe as a whole.

The film is tremendously atmospheric, its dizzying, swooping faux-camera moves and adult tone making for a very engaging experience. However, the plot... It never becomes more interesting than the initial hook, in which indefatigable plod Karas must find Ilona Tasuiev, a drop-dead gorgeous and pioneering scientist, after she's snatched from the street. The sinister corporation Avalon (is ANY corporation ever not sinister?), which she was working for on 'classified', projects are hell-bent on her retrieval, and soon Karas is up to his neck in official reprimands, dead bodies, cigarette-smoke and narrowly-missed bullets, and falling in love with Ilona's sister Bislane (very sympathetically voiced by Catherine McCormack), as he plumbs the depths of the city's sordid underbelly (and his own past).

Text-book noir, in other words, but while I enjoyed the film a lot more than Sin City (to which it bears a passing visual resemblance), the plot and resolution are dull, the theme of immortality being raised but never examined, and the shenanigans of high-rolling Avalon CEO Paul Dellenbach are also dull , undercutting a lot of the dramatic tension. The basic ideas are familiar sci-fi genre materials, and there's a nagging sense that the visuals and atmosphere are disguising the mundane material.

However, the film as a whole is lucid and perfectly coherent, even if some of the scenarios the characters get into occasionally feel like excuses for displays of technical wizardry. But it's the projection of life in Paris circa 2054, the vision of community and creation of another city from the ground up that makes this film something to behold. I may be taking it too seriously, and if that's the case I can at least say that it's superbly made, extremely entertaining (and pretty mature, too), and with an ambiance like no other.

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