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Évolution (2015)

Not Rated | | Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi | 25 November 2016 (USA)
The only residents of young Nicholas' sea-side town are women and boys. When he sees a corpse in the ocean one day, he begins to question his existence and surroundings. Why must he, and all the other boys, be hospitalised?

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Max Brebant ...
La mère
Mathieu Goldfeld ...
Nissim Renard ...
Pablo-Noé Etienne ...
Le 4e garçon
Nathalie Legosles ...
Le docteur (as Nathalie Le Gosles)
Chantal Aimée
Laura Ballesteros
Eric Batlle
Mafer Blanco
Anna Broock
Celestino Chacon
Annie Enganalim
Silvia Ferre

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Nicolas is a boy living on a remote island set in the future, or another planet - or is it a dream? His village consists of white-painted houses located above the sea with a volcanic rock and black sand coastline, populated by young women and boys all of a similar age to Nicolas. Whilst swimming, Nicolas makes a discovery in the ocean, which is shrugged off by his mother, who, like all the women in the town has tied-back hair, is pale and wears a simple thin beige dress. Nicolas is curious, thinks that he is being lied to and starts to explore his environment, witnessing some unsettling scenes. He then finds himself taken to a hospital-like building where he, along with the others, undergoes a series of medical procedures by the women, dressed as nurses. He is befriended by one nurse, who becomes instrumental in the film's denouement. The film is not easy to categorise; it is not only enigmatic but beautifully filmed with deeply poetic imagery. It reflects the fear of the unknown, ...

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Grow to become something new.


Horror | Mystery | Sci-Fi


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25 November 2016 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Evolution  »

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Lucile Hadzihalilovic based the movie on the experience she had when she was 10 and went to a hospital to get her appendix removed. See more »


Stella: Shall I tell you a secret?
Nicolas: Yes.
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Concerto pour ondes Martenot, II - adagio allegro
Composed by Marcel Landoswki
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31 October 2016 | by (Portland, Oregon) – See all my reviews

This movie has stunning visuals. There are many beautiful scenes of the ocean and the landscape as well as twisted scenes of an uncanny hospital with exploitative practices. Past the visuals and a few interesting interactions between characters, there is not much to this movie at all. The movie is very strange right from the beginning, but with no context. It has you asking a ton of questions and there is build up/tension as the movie progresses, but in the end there is hardly closure. None of the questions you might have been asking are answered and there is no additional context from in the beginning. It's just a bunch of weird stuff happening to kids with no explanation at all.

This movie seems to rely heavily on visuals or on being an "artsy" film rather than having an engaging or fulfilling story, obviously. I love movies that leave some things to interpretation and movies that feature metaphors that add to the complexity of the story, but Evolution just throws a bunch of context-less weird stuff at you and nothing else. Call me uncreative all you want, but when I watch a movie I don't want to have to make up nearly the entire story myself.

I am a sucker for good cinematography/visuals, but the movie has to be impressive in other ways too! This movie was very unsatisfying and it's sadly not the first movie I've seen like this.

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