Renaissance (France/UK/Luxembourg, 2006)

MV5BMjEyMzA4ODQ3MV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwMTkwNDUzMQ@@._V1_SY1200_CR90,0,630,1200_AL_Directed by: Christian Volckman. In twenty words or less, you could describe this movie as a French Blade Runner with stylistic black-and-white animation. The rich overtones of French and American noir give away the filmmakers’ love of the genre, and with this film, I feel like noir—what these days can easily become little better than stylistic window dressing—is actually used to tell a compelling story. To be fair, this film relies pretty heavily for its impact on the sleek, stylish, black and white visuals, and the sheer novelty of its very unique style of animation. But also, to be fair, this film’s animation is truly very unique and eye-catching: if a filmmaker is going to rely on stylistic visuals to supply his film with a substantial amount of its content, I can think of worse results than this movie (the Frank Miller adaptations, for starters). I can honestly say that, without this very unique and attention-grabbing visual element, the story itself and its dialogue, would definitely not be enough to produce a memorable film. As it is, though, I would definitely recommend this film to anyone. There are way worse ways to spend 2 hours.

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