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Chrysalis [DVD]

Albert Dupontel , Marie Guillard , Julien Leclercq    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Albert Dupontel, Marie Guillard, Marthe Keller, Mélanie Thierry, Claude Perron
  • Directors: Julien Leclercq
  • Producers: Franck Chorot
  • Format: PAL, Widescreen, Colour, Subtitled
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Momentum Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: 9 Jun 2008
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0013Z5B32
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 20,525 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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French sci-fi thriller set in the year 2020. When a high-tech surgeon's daughter dies in a car accident, the grieving surgeon is able to bring her back to life using advanced technology. Unfortunately, the surgery requires her daughter's dreams and memories to be manipulated. Meanwhile, police officer David Hoffman (Albert Dupontel) is involved in a shootout with a gangster and his wife and partner are both killed. Seeking revenge, his investigation takes him all the way to the surgeon and a clinic where all is not as it seems.

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44 of 44 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars messieurs et mesdames nous avons un vainqueur! 25 Sep 2009
By Amazon Customer TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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20 years into the future the technology to remove & implant memories is discovered & an unscrupulous doctor looking to keep her badly injured daughter alive decides to misuse it. She is involved with a shady Russian gangster who earlier killed a policemans wife. The same policeman is now tracking the doctor and he and his rookie partner struggle to piece together what is happening.
With all sorts of references including 'Minority report', 'Blade runner' & 'I robot' this still manages to keep its own identity & style. In fact style is the key word as the director really has a flair for visually impressing. For instance a Hitchcock like tracking shot follows a character from room to room with one long take while she is shown in time lapse, a similar tracking shot follows an elevator as it ascends through a hospital and we see what happening on each floor as it travels upwards. The near black and white images are subtly laced with washed out blues, silver & yellow to give a sense of other worldliness and it works very well. The acting is of a standard that Hollywood is incapable of on such a tight budget.
There are some bone crunching scenes as policeman and villain go head to head but they seem to blend in seamlessly with the whole dream like atmosphere.
The ending is tight and avoids the usual cliches and neat finishing to leave a satisfying conclusion to a well executed story.
This could so easily have been another Z grade sci-fi straight to DVD effort but just about everything here has been planned and executed with precision and a delicate touch. As with all the best scifi the less dialogue the better and there is a real sense of comic book styling here as so many times the visuals are just left to say what needs to be said without a single line of dialogue.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Chrysalis is a half-decent watch with striking visuals but, sadly, a half-baked plot.

Almost monochrome in it's visual style (you'll never so many shades of grey), the film is relatively short in length at a little over 90 minutes duration. However, it feels far, far longer, such is the stretched-out plot which could have been told in the space of an hour. The story does make you think about the nature of 'the self' and how our memories make us the people we are. Nevertheless, the storyline is just a slightly different slant on a theme which has been done several times before, and to more interesting effect.

I'm no action movie buff, prefering a solid storyline to chases and fisticuffs. However, this film could've certainly done with a bit more in the way of excitement, as it's simply 'too' slow. To be fair, the first 20 minutes got me really involved, but thereafter, there were too many overly drawn-out sequences where virtually nothing happened, perhaps making-up for the lack of available plot and the studio's requirement to produce at least a 90 minute movie. In the end, I did'nt really care for the fate of any of the characters involved, as they were all pretty dull and one-dimensional. However, there's no denying that this is a well-crafted and good-looking movie, and clearly a lot of thought went into the impressive production design of its near-future (2020) settings.

Worth a watch then, if only for the film's impressive look and feel, but I won't be viewing this again for the foreseeable future.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well worth watching (if you don't mind subtitles) 31 July 2009
I have been a fan of Sci/Fi for many years and an off and on fan of the "Cyberpunk" genre for the last ten or so. Most of the films I have come across that pertain to that genre have almost entirely been disappointments, but not this one.
Chrysalis is a well written, well acted piece of work that swept me along and drew me into the story from its opening sequence to the final credits.
I only came across this film by accident as a friend had recommended another film to me and while I was looking at that one I spotted Chrysalis in the "Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought" section and thought I'd give it a go. Well al I can say is that I am very glad I did.
No it's not a big Hollywood blockbuster and while it may have benefitted from a few more dollars being invested in it I believe the Hollywood mentality would have compromised the end result.
As I have never minded reading subtitles, I happily give this film four stars. For those of you who don't like subtitles I would still say give it a go as this one of those films that proves that good films come from many places not just the big Hollywood studios.
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4.0 out of 5 stars ORIGINAL 11 Oct 2013
By The Movie Guy TOP 500 REVIEWER
It seems in the not to distant future there won't be much lighting so everything will appear to be made of stainless steel. The movie combines a Dirty Harry wannabe with the eye clamps of "Clockwork Orange" and the Neural Neutralizer from Star Trek. The story runs for a long time with a plot and subplot that seem very disconnected, annoyingly so, but hey they are French.

I was confused by one translation which went something like "I was summoned to the investigation, tomorrow." Apparently they used some type of word for word translation. The main character was written rather poorly. He was the tough cop we had to identify with, but instead he got kick around a lot, had many character flaws, and was not likable. The plot took priority over any kind of significant character development to the point it took away from the movie (not as bad as 2001). I won't say a word about the plot, as it is in part a mystery, and to say anything would spoil it.

The movie is original and worth a peek.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Edgy sci-fi thriller
Good film overall. Setting is very dark and gloomy so be prepared! The plot revolves around a policeman who loses his wife whilst pursuing a very dangerous criminal, meanwhile a... Read more
Published 15 days ago by Ian
5.0 out of 5 stars See this film, a great foreign film that will leave you open mouthed.
I bought this film after hearing about the fight scenes. Firstly you have 2 separate stories that intertwine together as film progresses. Read more
Published 7 months ago by keith01
4.0 out of 5 stars Decent film with lots to recommend it.
It's a good play on the Philip K Dick memory & identity story idea. Stylishly filmed in a very tight, mostly grey-blue palette & particularly modern French cinema style of fight... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Jimbo Jones
1.0 out of 5 stars head scratcher
i have yet to work out what this film is about, ive watched it a few times and its a true head-scratcher. Personally, if i had seen it before then i sure wouldnt have bought it. Read more
Published 15 months ago by meh
2.0 out of 5 stars No, no, no
Just awful. Great idea but boring beyond believe. Fell asleep part way through it was that bad. Could have been better
Published 16 months ago by mancpaul
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice visuals, weak storytelling
This is a relatively low budget Sci-fi Noir and it deserves praise for creating excellent visuals and locations on a low budget by making creative and interesting choices in terms... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Mr Blonde
4.0 out of 5 stars Good
A good film, although I only found out what was going on at the end. Very good atmosphere (film noir). Intellectual science fiction, akin to such films as 'Gattaca', etc. Read more
Published on 9 May 2012 by Liam Mariscotti
5.0 out of 5 stars When's the sequel/tv series?
Love this movie. Very well thought out and filmed. Great acting... the open ending seemed to lend itself to there being a sequel or something, but presumably this is still circling... Read more
Published on 19 Jan 2012 by Jinjapewbs
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice little film
Its dark and brooding with very good acting. I watched this with my partner who is French and we are both sci-fi fans. Read more
Published on 18 Oct 2011 by Delphinium
2.0 out of 5 stars Visually too dark
This film has far too much dark lighting and props and is very difficult to watch as many parts of the film are almost entirely black which for me was a major distraction from what... Read more
Published on 24 Sep 2011 by Harlequin
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