Renaissance

Renaissance

Renaissance
A futuristic animated film noir, set in Paris, a labyrinth where all movement is monitored and recorded (think 'Blade Runner', '1984'). 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.

A beautiful young woman, Ilona Tasuiev, is violently kidnapped. No ransom has been demanded. As the snow falls over Paris, Karas, the cop assigned to the case uncovers a web of intrigue and and conspiracies that lead to a secret that could change the future of mankind forever.
95 minsFrance, UK, Luxembourg
ActionAnimatedDramaScience FictionThriller

Reviews & comments

Village Voice

Village Voice

press

For a little while, the film is dazzling. Then it's dizzying. Then it's just kind of...wearying. That's not because it's in black-and-white; so was Sin City. There's just something terribly, tragically dull about Renaissance, which is less a plotted movie than a meticulously made demo reel for "motion capture" animation, that's been reinvented for this impressive and wholly stultifying endeavor....

Variety

Variety

press

Take "Metropolis," "Blade Runner" and "Sin City," set them in Paris in 2054, run their widescreen visuals through an ultra-high-contrast B&W photocopying machine and you'll have a semblance of "Renaissance," a melancholy actioner that shines a new light on film noir. A sort of "The Third Man" for the 21st century, chiaroscuro curio's level of graphic invention is exceeded only by its pleasingly mournful approach. Fans of live action melded with a graphic-novel sensibility should consider this a must...

Total Film

Total Film

press

The chief drawback is the impossibly convoluted sci-fiplot, involving a roughneck cop stumbling upon the secret of immortality while searching for a missing girl. Add Daniel Craig and Jonathan Pryce dubbing shadowy synthespians that look nothing like them and the result is a recipe for bonce-scratching bewilderment...

Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

The new motion-capture animated film "Renaissance" is a visually wondrous experience in high-contrast black and white, bogged down by a slow, underwrought story and uninvolving characters. It would be easy to dismiss it as another great-looking film with little else to offer, but that wouldn't be entirely true...

BBC

BBC

press

While it borrows from any number of science-fiction classics, Renaissance has a look and feel all of its own. This is a film noir in the most literal sense, defined entirely by jet-black shadows. Along with Sin City, it is perhaps the purest evocation of comicbook visuals yet seen in a cinema. It's a pleasure to watch...

Village Voice

Village Voice

press

For a little while, the film is dazzling. Then it's dizzying. Then it's just kind of...wearying. That's not because it's in black-and-white; so was Sin City. There's just something terribly, tragically dull about Renaissance, which is less a plotted movie than a meticulously made demo reel for "motion capture" animation, that's been reinvented for this impressive and wholly stultifying endeavor....

Variety

Variety

press

Take "Metropolis," "Blade Runner" and "Sin City," set them in Paris in 2054, run their widescreen visuals through an ultra-high-contrast B&W photocopying machine and you'll have a semblance of "Renaissance," a melancholy actioner that shines a new light on film noir. A sort of "The Third Man" for the 21st century, chiaroscuro curio's level of graphic invention is exceeded only by its pleasingly mournful approach. Fans of live action melded with a graphic-novel sensibility should consider this a must...

Total Film

Total Film

press

The chief drawback is the impossibly convoluted sci-fiplot, involving a roughneck cop stumbling upon the secret of immortality while searching for a missing girl. Add Daniel Craig and Jonathan Pryce dubbing shadowy synthespians that look nothing like them and the result is a recipe for bonce-scratching bewilderment...

Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

The new motion-capture animated film "Renaissance" is a visually wondrous experience in high-contrast black and white, bogged down by a slow, underwrought story and uninvolving characters. It would be easy to dismiss it as another great-looking film with little else to offer, but that wouldn't be entirely true...

BBC

BBC

press

While it borrows from any number of science-fiction classics, Renaissance has a look and feel all of its own. This is a film noir in the most literal sense, defined entirely by jet-black shadows. Along with Sin City, it is perhaps the purest evocation of comicbook visuals yet seen in a cinema. It's a pleasure to watch...

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