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Immortel (ad vitam) – Weird, weirder, weirdest but mildly enjoyable

Immortel (ad vitam)Immortel (ad vitam) by Enki Bilal on Cine+ Frisson (CanalSat)
My rating: 4 out of 10 stars

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.

I was in two minds about this movie. Should I just call it crap or not. In the end I decided that it does not really deserve a crap rating and it was actually mildly entertaining although with an emphasis on mildly.

This is indeed a weird and bizarre movie. We do not really get any explanation or background story in the beginning. It just starts with a rather gray and depressing, as well as weird and bizarre, New York city in 2095. Most of the people seem to be medically and/or genetically modified, mutants or downright aliens. A pyramid which is shown to hold ancient Egyptian gods are hovering over the city. The film blurb appears to be misleading though since Earth is hardly occupied but rather these gods just seems to be on a visit to settle some of their affairs.

We are not really given any explanation as to what follows either or why other than that one of the gods, Horus, is condemned to death and is on a quest to procreate with one of the few women that can mate with a god before his allotted time is up. This is a film where there is little meaning in asking any questions and the only thing you can do is to let yourself be taken through the scenes and enjoy the imagery. This is where the enjoyment of this film lays, in the scenery of future New York, the bizarre creatures and the bizarre plot. The special effects are nothing fantastic but enough to keep up the interest in the movie. The future New York is a mixture of old and new styles and technology. The persons are a mixture between live actors and Final Fantasy like CGI creations. Did I mention that it is all very weird and bizarre? It is certainly a very “artistic” movie.

In the end I did not feel it was a wasted evening but it is not exactly a film that will end up on any of my top lists either. Interesting experience and nice to have seen it though and I can understand that some people give it very high ratings. It is not a movie for everyone that is for sure.

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