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February 06, 2007

Immortel ad vitam

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How to describe this film? Basically, if The Fifth Element had inappropriate teenage sex with a mid-'80s Epic magazine on acid times a hundred it would be something like Immortel ad vitam. That's the visuals. The "plot" takes the same inspirations and throws them in a blender with Aleister Crowley channeled through a metric Ouija board. And for some reason New York of the future has the Eiffel Tower. I have never seen anything like it. This is one of the few films I have ever watched right through the end credits, stopped and then watched again from the beginning if only to be certain I did not accidentally write the thing in some parallel reality where I get production money.

I love this movie.

A summary of the graphic novel gives the gist of the thing.

"It's the year 2023 and Alcide Nikopol has been revived from a state of suspended animation after 30 years orbiting Earth. In the meantime, the planet has suffered two nuclear wars, and France is ruled by the ruthless dictator J.F. Choublanc. The immortal gods of Egyptian antiquity have also reawakened to revive their rule over humanity, and they now hover above the crumbling technopolis of Paris in a massive stone pyramid/airship. Horus, the renegade falcon god, takes possession of Nikopol's body, rendering him immortal, and concocts a conspiracy to overthrow the Choublanc regime. When Nikopol cracks under the pressure of Horus's possession, he is reduced to muttering the poetry of Baudelaire while he wanders the halls of a mental hospital."

Trust me, those aren't spoilers.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at February 6, 2007 07:24 AM

Comments

So is this kinda like Planet of the Apes for goths?

Posted by: agent bedhead [TypeKey Profile Page] at February 6, 2007 01:11 PM

Umm... ahh... more like The Fifth Element for goths of the cyber variety. Also good for rivetheads.

Posted by: Ghost of a flea [TypeKey Profile Page] at February 6, 2007 01:31 PM

I ordered the dvd today, on your good advice. I'll let you know what I think.

Posted by: the sad old goth... [TypeKey Profile Page] at February 6, 2007 06:33 PM

Enjoy!

Posted by: Ghost of a flea [TypeKey Profile Page] at February 6, 2007 07:06 PM

I meant without the apes. Sigh - I'm so tired today!

Posted by: agent bedhead [TypeKey Profile Page] at February 6, 2007 09:17 PM

:P

Posted by: Ghost of a flea [TypeKey Profile Page] at February 6, 2007 09:18 PM

That does look rather interesting...a good discovery there Flea to be sure. Anything that has a bit of a cyberpunk tinge to it I rather like.

Posted by: Andrew Ian Dodge [TypeKey Profile Page] at February 7, 2007 04:08 AM