Contains possible spoilers.
This film divides opinions and, whilst I appreciate both points of view, in my eyes it is just too arty and takes too long to get the message across. An hour into this film the female lead asks what is going on, unfortunately it's a fair while before we get an inkling ourselves.
After the opening quote from Genesis "So the Lord God banished him from the garden of Eden to serve the ground from which he had been taken", which refers to Adam's banishment from Eden, we see Tolbiac emerge from the mire in an underground cavern, had he been thrown out of some paradise as well?
That opening scene had some potential, but the story went off in a different direction to any of those I hoped it would be heading in.
His journey takes him through dark tunnels, up stairs, past machinery, a daft scene where he meets a figure in a space suit on a weird harness system, more tunnels....up more stairs, into caves whilst fighting off guards in biohazard style suits as well as strange humanoid creatures on his mission to reach the surface. The secret when it was eventually revealed was a real let down.
I have no particular axe to grind with slow moving stories when they lead to a decent ending or to well made art pictures but, to me, this was neither. It's not the worst film I have seen by any means but I don't think I will be giving it another viewing for some time.