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.
2006Rating: M, contains violence, offensive language and sexual references95 minsFrance, UK, Luxembourg
ActionAnimatedDramaScience FictionThriller
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Village Voice

Village Voice

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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....

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Variety

Variety

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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...

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Total Film

Total Film

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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...

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

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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...

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BBC

BBC

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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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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....

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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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