Immortal (Ad Vitam)

March 24th, 2004


Immortal (Ad Vitam)

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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.

Release Year: 2004

Rating: 5.9/10 (11,832 voted)

Director: Enki Bilal

Stars: Linda Hardy, Thomas Kretschmann, Charlotte Rampling

This movie is set in the year 2095, hence the presence of mutant humans and extraterrestrials. The main character is known as Jill. She is not human. When she is discovered by Dr. Elma Turner she is diagnosed as being the most interesting genetic test subject Turner has ever come across. Her organs are not in the right place, she has no memory and her internal biological age appears to be only three months old. Turner gives her a break, giving her an identity card and a place to stay, in exchange for Jill being her guinea-pig to work on and discover more about. Nicopol is a frozen prisoner who is due to be released a year after the film is set. There is a problem in the frozen prisoners' ward and several are thrown down to the ground(dying in the process), including Nicopol, but he lives and only loses a leg. There is a lot more to this story but I can't disclose it in this summary; I don't have the words.

Writers: Enki Bilal, Enki Bilal

Linda Hardy - Jill Bioskop
Thomas Kretschmann - Alcide Nikopol
Charlotte Rampling - Elma Turner
Yann Collette - Froebe
Frédéric Pierrot - John
Thomas M. Pollard - Horus
Joe Sheridan - Allgood
Corinne Jaber - Lily Liang
Olivier Achard - Checker
Jerry Di Giacomo - Jack Turner
Dominique Mahut - Hotel Receptionist
Gary Cowan - Tycho Barman
Augustin Legrand - Pusher / Salesman
Javon Constantin - Eugenics Little Boy
Owen Steketee - Horus's Baby


Official Website: Official Site [Japan] | Telema / UFD [France] |

Release Date: 24 March 2004

Box Office Details

Budget: €22,100,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: €154,065 (Italy) (21 November 2004) (115 Screens)

Gross: €154,065 (Italy) (21 November 2004)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

Nikopol's first name in the comics is Alcide.

Hotel Receptionist: [Jill approaching, carrying grocery bags] How is Dr. Elma Turner?
Jill Bioskop: Never been better.
Hotel Receptionist: Welcome to the Western Hysteria Hotel, 39th floor, room 12. Any friend of Dr. Turner is a friend of mine.

User Review

This not for kids and less for empty minded adults


One of the most surprising and disappointing things I read on other peoples comments were the comparison with PIXAR and of course the quality of the computer generated images. It seems, that US public, values ART according the technical resources of the artist more than the spiritually of the work.

Cinema is art. In USA, that art has become almost absolutely dependent on business. The main reason I am anxious for digital (not film) movies and projectors in every theatre; it is because I will be able to see real artist working not just moneymaking customer oriented factories. Productions will become less expensive, and everybody would be able to create and be judged for their work. In the mean time, luckily in Europe (mostly in France), there are still people interested in art and this movie had a go; something should never happened in USA. A brief description of the argument follows.

HORUS (the god of the sky), about to be executed by his peers, is given 7 days to visit Earth for the last time. He spends his time searching for a particular woman he wants to impregnate. To do that he needs a human body to act as his vessel (or container). An accidentally escaped terrorist (or we can call it a rebel) becomes it. The woman herself is having mysterious body changes and a complete lost of past memories. A lot of small events and characters are involved in the whole situation.

IMMORTEL (ad vitam) is a strange movie; full of religious and philosophical bits. Do not expect more explanations than these. The mystery is part of the movie poetry and is really up to you to understand or feel it. The answers (if any) are pretty hidden inside the movie.

Technically, there are moments (not always but a good average) were the merge of human characters and digital images is credible. The BLADE RUNNER style background scenery is perfectly crafted. The few action scenes are OK but not spectacular; as this is not really an action movie you could accept that.

Final advise; spend a couple of hours with this movie. It would not change your life, but it would make your brain work; and sometimes that is a lot.


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