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Chrysalis (2007)

In the near future Paris, a cop is searching for his wife's killer. The trail leads him to a high tech medical clinic where everything is not what it seems.


Julien Leclercq


Julien Leclercq (scenario and dialogue), Franck Philippon (scenario and dialogue) | 2 more credits »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Albert Dupontel ... David Hoffmann
Marie Guillard ... Marie Becker
Marthe Keller ... Professeur Brügen
Mélanie Thierry ... Manon Brügen
Claude Perron ... Miller
Alain Figlarz ... Dimitri Nicolov / Danis Nicolov
Smadi Wolfman ... Sarah
Patrick Bauchau ... Charles Becker
Guy Lecluyse Guy Lecluyse ... Kovacs
Cyril Lecomte Cyril Lecomte ... Le légiste
Francis Renaud ... Yuri
Manon Chevallier Manon Chevallier ... Clémence
Estelle Lefébure ... Clara
Mika Cotellon Mika Cotellon ... Malik
Andy King Andy King ... Gianni


In the near future Paris, a cop is searching for his wife's killer. The trail leads him to a high tech medical clinic where everything is not what it seems.

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French cinema is back at the front
9 May 2009 | by IsmaninbSee all my reviews

All connoisseurs and other snobs know that between 1960 and 1980 French cinema was miles ahead of Hollywood. Directors like Melville knew that they could not compete on special effects etcetera because of the smaller budgets. They took the only possible course: do what Hollywood doesn't dare to do. Chrysalis breaks the Hollywood conventions as well and still stands firm in the French tradition. The pale colours remind us of classics like Le Samourai; the Hoffmann character could have been played by Alain Delon in his heydays. Dialogues are minimalistic and therefor highly effective. The two story lines first are independent and gradually merge. Montage between the two is brilliant; every scene makes you longing for the next one. Only halfway the meaning of the opening scene is partly revealed; only near the end you will understand it fully. So some patience and a bigger attention span than average is demanded - and rewarded. The movie has two weak points. First of all there is the plot. Probably I am not fair, but I find it hard to accept the plots of Robocop and Terminator as well. Never will movies like that get more than 8 stars. Second I find the Hoffmann character not that convincing anymore after his "accident". Don't take my criticism too hard. Deviating from the Hollywood norm involves risks so should be praised. Chrysalis is highly entertaining and intriguing, unless you prefer the standard, brainless and predictable stuff. And never I have seen such cold scenery.

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Release Date:

31 October 2007 (France) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Paris, France


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$12,000,000 (estimated)

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Stereo | Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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