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Renaissance -- In Paris of 2054, the secret of ageless beauty is found -- but something is very, very wrong. Stylish computer-animated sci-fi, with a top voice cast led by Daniel Craig.
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Paris 2054. Live forever or die trying.
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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  (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)
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 .... 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
François Dumoulin .... special thanks

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Rated R for some violent images, sexuality, nudity and language
105 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

The film takes place in October 2054.See more »
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 »
Barthélémy Karas:I don't know anything about saints, but I have an uncanny instinct for sniffing out a son of a bitch.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Dans la tête de Christian Volckman (2006) (V)See more »


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63 out of 65 people found the following review useful.
Melts noir and sci-fi in an animation blender (my 200th review!), 19 October 2006
Author: Flagrant-Baronessa from Sweden

A Scanner Darkly, Minority Report, Blade Runner, Sin City and Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow – if you are a fan of any of these then this will be well worth checking out.

French animation project 'Renaissance' took seven years to make on a shoestring budget and tonight I finally got to see it at a private screening for the International Film Festival in Stockholm. My spontaneous reaction is awe; my further reflection is 'huh, neat' and closer analysis regrettably gets a resounding 'meh'. It is a gorgeous science fiction triumph on the surface, but scratch it or even poke it a little and its unnecessarily complex plot becomes glaringly apparent, as do the flat characters.

Nevertheless it is clear that the people at Onyx films have done something spectacular with the aforementioned surface. The visuals are staggering. They have used live action motion capture fitted into key-frame animation, with stark jet black and bright white contrasts and a heavily shadowed rotoscoped background. For those of you who are not down with the 'technical lingo', the film looks like a fully-animated Sin City. Its fluid, transparent, dark and stylized template is complemented by great lurid lightning. It's a vision. Yet much credit is also due to the crisp sound effects that take the form of humming futuristic weapons, suspenseful music, heavy raindrops and glass shards breaking. It's every tech-nerd's wet dream...

The film zooms in on an eerily-lit, bleak, futurescape Paris in which a major corporation called 'Avalon' has begun to interweave in the lives of the citizens with surveillance (think the fluid transparent screens from Minority Report) and genetic engineering. The latter leads to a mysterious kidnapping of young researcher Ilona (voiced by the lovely Romola Garai). Cut to our hard-boiled cop-on-suspension and protagonist Karas (Daniel Craig) – a man who takes the law into his own hands – who is assigned the case of finding and retrieving Ilona. During this case, he is being aided by Illona's sister with whom he also begins a love affair. A very half-assed love affair, if I may say so.

The world of Renaissance is remarkable. Director Christian Volckman takes a fair jab at melting the noir themes and the result is an urban jungle filled with cads, rats, femme fatales and lonely detectives that hide in the shadows of the seedy slum. The problem is that the creators undoubtedly felt the need to have extremely clear and spelled-out archetypes in the story, or the film would have been "too surreal" for mainstream audiences, owing to its lurid animation format. It follows then that we have a multitude of clichéd characters such as evil-laughing villains, sleazy crime bosses and butch tough-chicks who blow smoke every chance they get. It shoves noir in our faces, and it isn't necessary.

What is worse is that the dialogue is a little contrived. It seems as though every line exists for the sole reason of propelling the plot. This is nothing fatal because the plot is so complex once it gets going that it needs some clear direction. Daniel Craig helps here too by bringing a no-nonsense attitude to his hard-edged cop character. At one point in Renaissance, he is seen in a vivid car-chase that surely is one of the most adrenaline-pumping and top notch sequences of the film. Unfortunately, the novelty of the sci-fi visuals have worn off post this car chase and 'Renassaince' could benefit from being slightly shorter. In summary, a very interesting but flawed futuristic comic book experience.

7 out of 10

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