Sunday, November 20, 2011

Chrysalis (Julien Leclercq, France, 2007)

I dvd-r'ed the French sci-fi film CHRYSALIS off Danish TV a couple of weeks back and watched it this morning. I hadn't heard anything about the film and thus had no expectations what so ever, so it was a pleasant surprise when it turned out to be a very cool, dark, violent, and cynical sci-fi film set in what we could call "Neo Paris post Bladerunner"!! The plot deals with this cop who thru out the film has a puss that looks like he was weaned on a pickle. His cop wife is brutally murdered and there's memory loss and shit. Watch the movie and find out. I was certainly entertained 100% thru out the entire film. I checked for a DVD release but several reviewers (who obviously knew French) stated that the English subs suck ass so I think I'm just gonna stick with my TV print; at least the French TV translators on DK TV are good. There's also a UK DVD but I have no info on whether it uses the same subs. I found three different trailers on YouTube, two in French and one in English. However, pretty much like the reported English subtitles the English narrated trailer sucks ass too (notice how they only use scenes without any dialogue in order to hide that it's not an English language film!!). The French trailer that I didn't use spends half of the time on boring credits. The one I'm posting here is alright. Don't ask me why it has subs in Portuguese. ^_^


  1. I saw this one on the Region 1 DVD release... I don't remember the subtitles being all that terrible but then I don't speak French so they could be saying just about anything for all I know....

    Unfortunately, I found the plot somewhat easy to figure out... a little too much so, I think.... thus ruining the "big reveal" at the climax for me, but all in all I remember liking it. I think I gave it 3 "Meows".... ;)

  2. Heeey, miss Nekoneko! You found my other hideout. LOL.

    I haven't watched that many sci-fi films and yes you could be right; Maybe the plot is easy to figure out but that means less to me when a film has other great qualities and I thought the acting, the atmos, and the mano a mano fistfights were enough to justify my "whoo-hoo, awesome, man!" star rating. ^_^

  3. Hehehe... Yep tracked you down, I did....(But the link at Backyard Asia did help a wee bit...;))

    I seem to remember a really brutal hand-to-hand fight in a tiny little bathroom that I found incredibly amazing in this one.... but my brain might just be fuzzy on that... so I can honestly say it was a pretty good film in that whole cyberpunk futuristic genre.

    But you know what? I'd like to see them do something truly retro and wild, like an updated re-boot of "Metropolis" done as Cyberpunk/ Action.... that would really kick butt.