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.

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Christian Volckman

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Alexandre de La Patellière (original story), Matthieu Delaporte (original story) | 5 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Robert Dauney ... Karas (voice)
Crystal Shepherd-Cross ... Bislane (voice)
Isabelle Van Waes Isabelle Van Waes ... Ilona (voice) (as Isabelle Van Waess)
Max Hayter ... Dellenbach (voice)
Marco Lorenzini Marco Lorenzini ... Muller (voice)
Jerome Causse Jerome Causse ... Amiel (voice)
Clémentine Baert ... Nurses (voice)
Chris Bearne ... Parisian (voice)
David Benito David Benito ... Nayhib (voice)
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Storyline

Paris, 2054: a dark motion-captured world of shadows and right angles. Ilona Tasuiev, a brilliant young scientist, is kidnapped, and her employer, Avalon, a major health and beauty corporation, wants her found. Karas, a jaded police captain, is assigned to find her, fast. He seeks help from her sister, Bislane, and they are soon uncovering identify theft, missing files, and hints that something back in 2006 may explain what's going on. Ilona's mentor, Avalon's vice president, a Japanese researcher, an underworld boss, and Bislane's drug connection all figure in the mix. So does an attraction between Karas and Bislane. What's behind the kidnapping? Who's the victim? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Paris 2054. Live forever or die trying.


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Rated R for some violent images, sexuality, nudity and language | See all certifications »

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This movie took six years to complete on a budget of fifteen million dollars. See more »

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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 »

Quotes

Billboard Woman: I like being beautiful. I like to stay fit. That's why I like Avalon. With Avalon, I know I'm beautiful. And I'm going to stay that way.
Announcer: Avalon. For a better world.
Billboard Woman: Health. Beauty. Longevity. Avalon. We're on your side. For life.
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Referenced in Dans la tête de Christian Volckman (2006) See more »

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Excellent, Intelligent Science Fiction
4 April 2006 | by mvandewetteringSee all my reviews

I highly recommend this film. Set in the Bladerunner-esquire future of 2054 Paris, it is in most respect a classic film noir script: lady in peril, sister trying to find her, honest cop fighting everyone. Luckily, it avoids being stereotypical, and combines a pretty good storyline with interesting, innovative visuals. The film might remind you of Sin City in look, but it has an even sharper, even more graphic novel look that I found really compelling. Each frame, each sequence seems like it could have been pulled from the desk of a skilled graphic designer. In terms of story and artwork, you can find nods going back to the nineteen forties (or even earlier with the classic views of the Eiffel Tower and Sacre Couer) and movies like Casablanca, as well as looking toward a grim future where our destines are ruled by corporations. Make any excuse you need to see this film.


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France | Luxembourg | UK

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Release Date:

15 March 2006 (France) See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,800, 24 September 2006

Gross USA:

$70,644

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,831,348
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