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Immortal (2004)

Immortel (ad vitam) (original title)
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In the distant future, Earth is occupied by ancient gods and genetically altered humans. When a god is sentenced to death he seeks a new human host and a woman to bear his child.

Director:

Enki Bilal

Writers:

Enki Bilal (comic books "La Foire aux immortels" and "La Femme piège"), Serge Lehman
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Linda Hardy ... Jill
Thomas Kretschmann ... Nikopol
Charlotte Rampling ... Elma Turner
Yann Collette Yann Collette ... Froebe
Frédéric Pierrot ... John
Thomas M. Pollard Thomas M. Pollard ... Horus
Joe Sheridan ... Allgood
Corinne Jaber Corinne Jaber ... Lily Liang
Olivier Achard Olivier Achard ... Checker
Jerry Di Giacomo Jerry Di Giacomo ... Jack Turner
Dominique Mahut Dominique Mahut ... Hotel Receptionist
Gary Cowan Gary Cowan ... Tycho Barman
Augustin Legrand Augustin Legrand ... Pusher / Salesman
Javon Constantin Javon Constantin ... Eugenics' Little Boy
Owen Steketee Owen Steketee ... Horus's Baby
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Storyline

This movie is set in the year 2095, hence the presence of mutant humans and extraterrestrials. The main character is known as Jill. She is not human. When she is discovered by Dr. Elma Turner she is diagnosed as being the most interesting genetic test subject Turner has ever come across. Her organs are not in the right place, she has no memory and her internal biological age appears to be only three months old. Turner gives her a break, giving her an identity card and a place to stay, in exchange for Jill being her guinea-pig to work on and discover more about. Nicopol is a frozen prisoner who is due to be released a year after the film is set. There is a problem in the frozen prisoners' ward and several are thrown down to the ground(dying in the process), including Nicopol, but he lives and only loses a leg. There is a lot more to this story but I can't disclose it in this summary; I don't have the words. Written by kwedgwood@hotmail.com

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The ancient gods have returned


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Rated R for sexuality/nudity, language and some violence | See all certifications »

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Country:

France | Italy | UK

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

24 March 2004 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Immortal See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

€22,100,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$2,333,747 (France), 26 March 2004
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Dolby Digital | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Was one of several films around the world that were the first to use an entirely "digital backlot" (i.e. the actors were all shot in front of blue- and green-screens with all the backgrounds added in post-production, a technique which has been used for TV, video and video game production for many years). Fans debate on which movie was shot first, but the other movies include: Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow (2004), Casshern (2004), and Sin City (2005). See more »

Goofs

When Dr Turner is interviewing Jill for the first time, she glances at a digital readout of some of Jill's known vital statistics, which says that Jill's height is 4"8' (4 inches and 8 feet). See more »

Quotes

Horus: You believe in God?
Nikopol: I don't even have that to fall back on.
Horus: I suggest you believe in me, Nikopol.
Nikopol: Do I have a choice?
Horus: I am afraid not.
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Connections

Featured in Troldspejlet: Episode #35.9 (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Nights in White Satin
Written by Justin Hayward (as J. Hayward)
Performed by Alain Bashung
By Kind Permission of Universal Music Projets Speciaux and TRO Editions Essex
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Beautiful !!!!!
10 May 2005 | by jandalfSee all my reviews

I've read the comments on this movie, and my opinion is that most commenters did not really get this movie.

This is an Enki Bilal movie, which means it is a Graphic Novel (i deliberately do not use the word "comic book") in cinematic form. If you get the chance to check out some of Bilal's work, you will understand this movie all the better.

The movie is a mix of live action and lots of CGI, which may make it confusing for some at times. If you must, think of it as an animated movie using live actors.

The movie is an audiovisual treat, but, like much of Bilal's work, is heavy on symbolism and portrays a very bleak vision of the future.

If you want to see a mainstream scifi spectacle, don't see this film. If you want to see something that is out of the box, go see it, rent it,or even better, buy it!

As a whole, the movie best compares to Japanese anime, more specific movies such as Ghost in the Shell.

I absolutely adored it. The Baudelaire poetry was an unexpected surprise (in retrospect, however, it should not have been)

As a result of seeing this film, I went out to buy some of Bilal's graphic novels.

If you:

loved the ambiance of The Fifth Element adore the darker side of Japanese anime wanted to walk through the streets in Blade Runner want more out of a movie than simply action love the work of Charles Baudelaire want to see that even Egyptian gods are flawed

See this film!!

Some points of notice:

At times, the amount of visual information is staggering. i had to rewind a couple of times to get everything. It compares to reading the page of a graphic novel a couple of times to get everything.

The mixture of CGI and live actors is strange at first, but you get used to it.

My one negative point about this movie: the Egyptian gods were too static. they should have been a bit more lifelike. As it is, they look like barely animated statues. It adds to the graphic environment, but comes off strange in a movie. I would have liked to see more of them as well.


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