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Ascension (2002)

An unknown creature has murdered the Creator of Universe and unleashed the ability to produce miracles. This ability is now in the hands of human beings who have driven themselves into ... See full summary »

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Karim Hussain

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Karim Hussain
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Marie-Josée Croze ... Pregnant Woman (lead)
Barbara Ulrich ... Older Woman (lead)
Ilona Elkin ... Young Woman (lead)
Gregoire Dunlevy Gregoire Dunlevy ... Father (as Greg Dunlevy)
Anne Bellerose Anne Bellerose ... Dead Daughter
Laurent-Christophe De Ruelle ... The Murderer (as Laurent-Christophe de Ruelle)
Rachel Plummer Rachel Plummer ... Hanging woman
Lina Roessler ... The Woman - dream
Lexei Bacci Lexei Bacci ... Doppelganger 1
Julie Nöel Julie Nöel ... Doppelganger 2 (as Julie Noël)
Maxim Opadtchii Maxim Opadtchii ... Dead Father
Jean Guimond ... Body outside
Jesse Todd Jesse Todd ... Body outside
John Tsatsoulis John Tsatsoulis ... Body outside
Armand Laroche ... Body outside - eyeless man
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An unknown creature has murdered the Creator of Universe and unleashed the ability to produce miracles. This ability is now in the hands of human beings who have driven themselves into destructive envy and the horrible chaos of suddenly becoming Gods themselves. Written by wxjuh

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An astonishing and thoroughly original masterpiece
5 February 2003 | by focus_wrackedSee all my reviews

I just saw an advance screening of this film and I barely even know what to write, save for saying that I think I've just found my newest favourite movie. This is the kind of discovery that all cineastes dream of crossing paths with. It will be classified as a fantastique or possibly horror film but it is not really possible to box this film into a specific genre. It is horrific, sardonic, poetic (while often sharply satirizing the very sort of poetry that it so eloquently achieves), hypnotic, provocative, grotesque, sumptuously beautiful and haunting in its caustic irony. So, what genre does that put it in? I think we'll need to create a new one, exclusively for Ascension. In an age where most films have lost the courage to take real narrative chances, here is a work where seemingly every line of dialogue takes a new, different kind of risk, and every gamble pays off. The film's pace is unconventional but absolutely perfect(many will probably liken it to Tarkovsky). It is brilliantly constructed. Work with it and you'll find yourself deep in its trance within minutes and from that point there's no going back until the credits begin to roll and you try to put your mind back together. I love the way this film is paced. The cinematography (shot by the writer / director himself) is breathtaking. It also features one of the greatest music scores I've ever heard. I simply cannot rave enough. This might very well be the best Canadian film in years. I want to see it ten more times. Right now. Tonight. DAMN!


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English

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September 2003 (Canada) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Mirabel, Québec, Canada See more »

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CAD1,000,000 (estimated)
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Zuno Films See more »
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Dolby Digital

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1.85 : 1
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