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Évolution (2015)

Not Rated | | Drama, Horror, Mystery | 25 November 2016 (USA)
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The only residents of young Nicholas' sea-side town are women and boys. When he sees a corpse in the ocean one day, he begins to question his existence and surroundings. Why must he, and all the other boys, be hospitalised?
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Marta Blanc Marta Blanc ... Nurse
Max Brebant ... Nicolas
Roxane Duran ... Stella
Julie-Marie Parmentier ... La mère
Mathieu Goldfeld Mathieu Goldfeld ... Victor
Nissim Renard Nissim Renard ... Franck
Pablo-Noé Etienne Pablo-Noé Etienne ... Le 4e garçon
Nathalie Legosles Nathalie Legosles ... Le docteur (as Nathalie Le Gosles)
Chantal Aimée Chantal Aimée
Laura Ballesteros Laura Ballesteros
Eric Batlle Eric Batlle
Mafer Blanco Mafer Blanco
Anna Broock Anna Broock
Celestino Chacon Celestino Chacon
Annie Enganalim Annie Enganalim


Nicolas is a boy living on a remote island set in the future, or another planet - or is it a dream? His village consists of white-painted houses located above the sea with a volcanic rock and black sand coastline, populated by young women and boys all of a similar age to Nicolas. Whilst swimming, Nicolas makes a discovery in the ocean, which is shrugged off by his mother, who, like all the women in the town has tied-back hair, is pale and wears a simple thin beige dress. Nicolas is curious, thinks that he is being lied to and starts to explore his environment, witnessing some unsettling scenes. He then finds himself taken to a hospital-like building where he, along with the others, undergoes a series of medical procedures by the women, dressed as nurses. He is befriended by one nurse, who becomes instrumental in the film's denouement. The film is not easy to categorise; it is not only enigmatic but beautifully filmed with deeply poetic imagery. It reflects the fear of the unknown, ...

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Lucille Hadzihalilovic's first film to be released since Innocence, which was released over a decade ago. See more »


Stella: What's that?
Nicolas: A ferris wheel.
Stella: And what does this wheel do?
Nicolas: You get on it and it spins around.
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Interesting Little French Chiller
20 May 2017 | by t-dooley-69-386916See all my reviews

Nicolas lives in an isolated and decrepit French coastal town. The only inhabitants are boys and older women. The food is about as palatable as a botulism sandwich and all the boys have to take 'medicine' as they are all sick.

Then one day Nicolas goes swimming and discovers the body of a dead boy. He then starts to question what is going on and sets out to discover the truth.

Now this is a short film lasting only 79 minutes and the dialogue is sparse, however all the screen time is put to excellent use. The SFX are all top notch and the boys are superb in what are very physical roles. It is a slow burn but that is offset by a very stylised and stylish picture palette that uses vivid colours to great effect and the cinematography and framing of the shots gives it an art-house feel that just oozes quality. It is not a film to 'enjoy' as the subject matter is so dark but it is one you can admire – hence my rating.

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Release Date:

25 November 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Evolution See more »


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$6,927, 27 November 2016

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2.35 : 1
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