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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


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

The poem Nikopol is reciting in his first scenes is "Une charogne" (The carcass) by Charles Baudelaire. 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

Jill Bioskop: [Jill reciting in French the third stanza of Charles Baudelaire's poem "Le Poison," which she has just been reading from the book she holds entitled "Les Fleurs Du Mal" or Flowers of Evil] "Tout cela ne vaut pas le poison qui découle De tes yeux, de tes yeux verts, Lacs où mon âme tremble et se voit à l'envers... Mes songes viennent en foule Pour se désaltérer à ces gouffres amers." English translation: All that is not equal to the poison which flows from your eyes, from your green eyes, lakes ...
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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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Funny, Sexy, Smart... Hauntingly Beautiful
12 June 2005 | by chaosmindSee all my reviews

Metropolis, Brazil, Blade Runner, City of Lost Children, Fifth Element, Dark City... throw them all in a blender and you've got the dark futuristic look of Immortal (Ad Vitam). Along with "Moebius" (art designer for Fifth Element) and Alejandro Jodorowsky (director of El Topo), Enki Bilal is one of the master story-tellers from the original Metal Hurlant publication known to most American comic-book aficionados as Heavy Metal.

This is the film the original Heavy Metal should have been. There is sex and humor and action, but it is all thoroughly in service of a science-fiction plot gleefully drenched in Egyptian-mythological fantasy. The style is pure Bilal, textured and palpable.

The plot is cerebral in that all humor (and tension) relates to character development; much like Blade Runner, if you do not follow the dialog there may not be enough action to sustain interest throughout the story. As such, there is little I could reveal about plot particulars without spoiling enjoyment of the tale's unfolding... the sad business about the leg, the quest for a certain woman, experiments with consumption, bathroom services, an oddly-formed fish...

If you have a taste for science-fiction and fantasy, I highly recommend you take a little tour of New York 2095!


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