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Plot: In 2054, Paris is a labyrinth where all movement is monitored and recorded. Casting a shadow over everything is the city's largest company, Avalon, which insinuates itself into every aspect of contemporary life to sell its primary export -- youth and beauty. In this world of stark contrasts and rigid laws the populace is kept in line and accounted for. Runtime: 105 mins Release Date: 15 Mar 2006
If the answer to this question is yes, then you should enjoy this excellent movie. I've just seen it a couple of hours ago here in Paris where the action of the movie takes place and I can still feel the huge trauma I received in the back of my eyes...What a visual shock ! I've never seen such a beautiful black&white photo and such a drastic change in the way of doing animated movies. I strongly believe there will a before and after "Renaissance", similarly to what we saw with Pixar movies or the Akira and GhostInTheShell experiences. This is a real breakthrough in the <more>
small world of animated movies and I hope this french initiative a small unknown french studio with a few young folks who had a dream named "Renaissance"... will receive the success and recognition it deserves. Vive la France !
I just went to a screening of the film during Expresion en Corto, a short film festival in Guanajuato, Mexico. One of the producers was there and gave a brief introduction. The Film rolled and from the first shot I was amazed: one long continuous shot of a futuristic Paris in glorious black and white.I shouldn't go on with the details 'cause I think it is a film worth seeing. The sci-fi story might be found average for many... to me was really good. The action is great, the camera is free to fly everywhere and I mean everywhere. Things you would not be able to do or see is <more>
accomplished beautifully. The cast performance is good, in my opinion no one hits the wrong note.Now, the thing that I found awesome is the animation. 3D grafics look 2D. A BW comic book brought to life. The details on the backgrounds gives more texture as if it had been done by hand I'm sure it was but when the angles change you see the depth . The producer at the screening talked about the hard work behind the film: 7 years! The director, she said, is brilliant, but perhaps he was quite unexperienced since he only had one short film in his CV. So, many people had true faith in them. They started their own studio from scratch and ever since they faced the challenge they brought upon them.Don't miss it. I think you won't regret it... maybe Richard Linklater for the final look of this film is superior to his I think.
This is a great film and it is NOT a rip-off from "Sin City" (by Rectangular_businessman)
I heard many bad things about "Renaissance": That it was boring and flawed, that it was a rip-off of "Sin City". Too good I didn't paid attention to any of that criticism. "Renaissance" is a good, interesting thriller with incredible visuals and a fascinating story. A great homage to classic detective, films, with a great atmosphere. And just because it is black and white, it doesn't make it a rip-off, and what is more, I liked it more than "Sin City", because unlike that film, "Renaissance", this was subtle, thrilling and realistic, <more>
without any of the stupid and cartoonish excesses from movies as "Wanted" or "300"."Renaissance" is a good, underrated film that deserves a lot more of appreciation.I give this ten stars.
Renaissance deftly walks the line between mainstream American animation and Japanese anime. There are no annoying animals here to perform lame songs written by has-been musicians and no esoteric detours through alternate dimensions. Instead, Renaissance is a gritty, innovatively drawn thriller with an engaging central story.The film's greatest asset is its stunning "film noir" animation. The animators have created a distinctive and haunting look through the use of a black & white colour scheme and the constant manipulation of shadow and light. The result is something akin to <more>
an animated lino cut or a manga version of Sin City. Equally impressive is the film's ability to move seamlessly from simple two dimensional outlines to scenes involving the most intricate animation imaginable. This is displayed to good effect during an extended car chase in the middle of Renaissance which contains the kind of dazzling animation usually only seen in the works of Otomo, Oshii and Miyazaki.Regardless of the calibre of the animation, the film would become boring very quickly without an involving storyline. Renaissance also succeeds in this department with an interesting, if unnecessarily convoluted, plot revolving around a corporate kidnapping and demented scientists. The film benefits greatly from a winning central character in Karas, an unorthodox cop voiced in the English version by Daniel Craig. The voice work and dubbing are generally good, with Catherine McCormack particularly impressive as the voice of Bislane.Renaissance is one of the best animated film aimed at adults not to originate from Japan. The pace is brisk, the tone is evocative and the direction manages to be effortlessly stylish. Highly recommended for the anti-Pixar crowd.
I highly recommend this film. Set in the Bladerunner-esquire future of 2054 Paris, it is in most respect a classic film noir script: lady in peril, sister trying to find her, honest cop fighting everyone. Luckily, it avoids being stereotypical, and combines a pretty good storyline with interesting, innovative visuals. The film might remind you of Sin City in look, but it has an even sharper, even more graphic novel look that I found really compelling. Each frame, each sequence seems like it could have been pulled from the desk of a skilled graphic designer. In terms of story and artwork, you <more>
can find nods going back to the nineteen forties or even earlier with the classic views of the Eiffel Tower and Sacre Couer and movies like Casablanca, as well as looking toward a grim future where our destines are ruled by corporations. Make any excuse you need to see this film.
This film looks awesome like a cross between Sin City and a Scanner Darkly. Those two movies are awesome, Its interesting to see this kind of film come out with this sort of graphical work. I am assuming work that was done on a computer interlaced or Emposed over other images. To create this cartoon feel to the movie. Or Comic feel one could say. I wonder what the plot is like shame we don't have these kind of movie theatres up here in Canada. As far as I know the Indie film scene in Vancouver is about as stale as 2 week old bread left outside. So by all means go and see this movie. It <more>
I just came back from a pre-release viewing of this excellent sci-fi film noire. It's style is definitively unique and very well made. It is filmed with actual actors, but transformed into a black and white comic-strip style you have never seen before. It goes one step further than Sin City, and it does it well. It's a successful combination of french comic and movie cultures. The story and mood remind of Blade Runner, and if you liked that one you will surely like this one, too. The storyline is intelligent, never boring and has some nice little twists. This film is a must-see for <more>
any cinephile except perhaps those who absolutely don't like sci-fi or b&w.
The film looks like a parody of various sci-fi and action films including Minority Report, Hallow man, Highlander, Catwoman, the Sin City. But the black and white animation style is a selling and brilliant point of this film. First, the form of animation makes the director's intention of being sci-fi pastiche more strongly convincing. Second, the black-and-white colour makes the futuristic life in Paris more fluid, particularly people's movements around the multi-layered architecture. Third, because of the black-and-white, the audience needs to and is allowed to imagine the futuristic <more>
architecture and technology. But this imaginative space is also constrained by our memories of previous sci-fi films as mentioned earlier that the directors would like to emulate. So the black-and-white style affords us to imagine, but in a way perhaps subject to our experiences and historical materials. That's another trick of being a successful sci-fi parody. There are certainly many glitches in the plot, but the plot is not the main point of the whole film. The centre of the film is the black-and-white animation style and the director's intention of making a sci-fi parody accompanying with a mediocre storyline.
This film is something else, a captivating experience of a Paris set in a nearby future, highlighted by mesmerising artwork with great eye for detail. The story is of Mickey Spillane/Mike Hammer 'pulp' quality, following a plot, which is not always consistent from a logical point of view. But that seems to be a tradition with this detective genre, where pace and atmosphere are more important. What is remarkable is how the people behind this film paint a picture of France in the year 2056, which is very real and very much believable. Great art deco scenery, with for car enthusiasts a <more>
re-born world of Facel Vega and Panhard. Recommended.