Evolution review

We’ve spent a lot of the past few weeks looking forward to the cinematic bounty that awaits us in 2016, from The Nice Guys to Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. But for those seeking slightly more exotic fare, we’ve got the first trailer for Évolution.

Directed by Lucile Hadzihalilovic (Innocence), Évolution unfolds on a mysterious island populated only by women and boys. There are some weird details — like those endless medical experiments — but it all seems normal enough to the kids until one boy, Nicholas (Max Brebant) starts to dig deeper. Watch the Evolution trailer after the jump.

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Evolution review

(This review is based upon a viewing of the film at Fantastic Fest 2015.)

Evolution is a deep swim in mysterious seas. This tale blends folklore and science fiction into a powerful hallucination of life where land and sea blur together, in which bodies are induced to behave in ways that are new and, in a Lovecraftian sense, possibly even obscene.

Director Lucile Hadzihalilovic, who previously directed Innocence and is a creative partner to spouse Gaspar Noe, keeps the final details of this story shrouded in shadow. She draws on the mysteries of the sea and the pains of growing up to synthesize her own powerful new fable.    Read More »

Evolution teaser

I’ve quietly heard some very good things about Evolution, the new film from Lucile Hadžihalilovic, but even if there hadn’t been whisperings of it being terrific I would be excited to see the new film from the director of 2004’s Innocence.

It’s a shame that Innocence never really gained traction in the US, and because of that Hadžihalilovic is probably better-known here for her creative partnership with and marriage to director Gaspar Noe, of films like Enter the Void and Love. She helped write Enter the Void, but this new film will hopefully fan the flame of the directorial spark that we saw in Innocence.

This first Evolution teaser doesn’t show all that much, but I’ll take something over nothing. The film, by the way, is about “young boys who are subjected to mysterious treatments and live on an island inhabited solely by women and themselves,” which makes it sound like a companion piece to Innocence. Have a look at the Evolution footage below. Read More »