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IMMORTEL (AD VITAM) SURREALISTIC Sci-Fi Fantasy FRENCH FILM


POSTER FOR SURREALIST FILM IMMORTEL (2004) DIRECTED BY ENKI BILAL
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SCENE OF NEW YORK CITY AS DEPICTED IN INNOVATIVE & SURREAL FILM IMMORTEL (2004)
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EGYPTIAN GODS ANUBIS & BASSET IN IMMORTEL (2004)
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EGYPTIAN GOD HORUS EMERGING FROM PYRAMID HANGING IN THE SKY OVER NEW YORK IN THE SURREAL FILM IMMORTEL(2004)
"HEY LOOK THERE'S A NAKED GUY STICKING OUT OF THE PYRAMID !!! "
EXCLAIMS ONE OF THE HELICOPTER PILOTS.
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JILL AN ENIGMATIC BEING WALKING THE RAILS OVER NEW YORK IN THE FILM IMMORTEL (2004) SHE HAS ELECTRIC BLUE HAIR & CRIES BLUE TEARS -
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ELECTRONIC GRAFITTI " SPIRIT OF NIKOPOL" REFERS TO THE LEADER OF THE REBELS in FILM IMMORTEL (2004)
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NIKOPOL POSSESSED BY HORUS IN A BIZARRE RELATIONSHIP WITH JILL IN IMMORTEL (2004)
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IMMORTEL AD VITAM



Immortal Clips


FILM REVIEW :

so many films so little time

Immortel (ad vitam) (2004)

Director: Enki Bilal
Rated: Unrated

Charlotte Rampling - Dr. Elma Turner
Thomas Kretschmann - Alcide Nikopol
Linda Hardy - Jill
Frederic Pierrot - John
Thomas M. Pollard - Horus
Yann Collette - Froebe
Joe Sheridan - Kyle Allgood


The film IMMORTEL by Enki Bilal is one of the more interesting movies I have seen recently & great for summer viewing. The film is mostly animation & cgi . It is also a complicated layered story. It does not always make sense. But I found it more enjoyable after repeated viewings.The film is a mixture of animation styles with a couple of actors in the flesh as it were. It is a wonderfully bizarre surreal imaginative film .

The film is set in the year 2095 in New York City. AND here’s the story as it were.
There's this Egyptian God, Horus who climbs out of a pyramid floating above New York City. He has one week to spend on Earth before he is executed for some mysterious crime . Horus possesses the body of Nikopol who is the leader of the resistence movement & has just accidentally been freed from his imprisonment of thirty years in stasis as it were & Horus uses his body to impregnate the strange blue haired girl Jill who is a prisoner given her freedom in return for being a guinea pig or lab-rat for a doctor because of her unusual anatomy & so it goes but it is all a bit of a wild & wondrous ride just don't over think it or is it under think it - hard to say . Anyway there was enough material at hand for two or three movies but that's what this form of story telling is all about so there you go. But it might have benefitted if one of the subplots had been dropped.
There are a few startling scenes of heads & cars exploding obligatory car chase ala Fifth Element & some twisted scenes of rape & possession.
Due to advances in science medicine & technology people are more machine& artificial flesh than organic having replaced worn out parts limbs & organs etc.

The futuristic city is reminiscent of The Fifth Element & Blade Runner & Brazil & even the silent film classic METROPOLIS. It is a rather strange post-nuclear war dystopia controlled by certain powerful corporations connected with Medical & Genetic / Technology Industry .
There are flying cars like those in Fifth Element except there are also tracks hanging in the sky which the cars hook onto.
& there’s this weird little creature on the washroom wall who offers soap toothpaste & pulls out a pistol firing on some alien mutant red hammer- headed land shark which has been sent to kill JIll & Nikopol.
While Jill has clandestine meetings with a scarf-faced man or spirit guide or god or what have you named john who is connected somehow to the Vortex which has appeared in Central Park.

It was a more adult type film than KEANA which is also an intriguing & complicated but more light -hearted fantasy film -more about this film at another time.

Other films which I’ve seen recently that I would recommend include HOUSE OF FLYING DAGGERS, The LAST SAMURAI, KING ARTHUR, KILL BILL VOLUME 2, & I, ROBOT & the recently released weird & wondrous Tim Burton retelling of CHARLIE & THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY,& Spielberg’s updated version of WAR OF THE WORLDS, which is more satisfying than the George Pal 1950's original.
JU-ON which is the Japanese original film version of The Grudge . The American version has a plot which has fewer characters & episodes.
And for the truly strange & not to everyone’s taste SEED OF CHUCKY.


from www.scifimoviepage.com/art_immortel.html
also see DVD TIMES-IMMORTEL(AD VITAM)

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