Immortal (2004 film)

Immortal (French: Immortel, ad vitam) is a 2004 English language French live-action and animated science fiction film co-written and directed by Enki Bilal and starring Linda Hardy, Thomas Kretschmann and Charlotte Rampling. It is loosely based upon Bilal's comic book La Foire aux immortels (The Carnival of Immortals).

Theatrical release poster
Directed byEnki Bilal
Produced byCharles Gassot
Written byEnki Bilal (scenario, adaptation and dialogue)
Serge Lehman (script)
Based onComic book La Foire aux immortels by Enki Bilal
StarringLinda Hardy
Thomas Kretschmann
Charlotte Rampling
Frédéric Pierrot
Jean-Louis Trintignant
Music bySigur Rós
Goran Vejvoda
CinematographyPascal Gennesseaux
Edited byVéronique Parnet
Duran Entertainment
Quantic Dream
Distributed byFirst Look Pictures (U.S.)
Ciby 2000 (Australia)
Release date
  • 24 March 2004 (2004-03-24) (France)[1]
Running time
102 minutes
Budget$22.1 million[2]
Box office$6.3 million[3]

Immortal was one of the first major films (along with Casshern and Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow) to be shot entirely on a "digital backlot", blending live actors with computer generated surroundings. The French video game studio Quantic Dream helped produce much of the cinematics.

Plot summary

The film takes place in New York City in late 21 century, where genetically altered humans live side by side with unaltered men and women, and where Central Park has been mysteriously encased in an "intrusion zone" where people who attempt to enter are instantly killed. A strange pyramid has appeared over the city; inside, the gods of ancient Egypt have judged Horus, one of their fellow gods, to cease his immortality.

In the city below, Jill, a young woman with blue hair, is arrested. She is not completely human; her tissues appear to be no more than a few months old according to an examining physician, although her physical form is already that of an adult. She also possesses a number of secret powers, including one that enables her to procreate with gods, though she knows nothing of this. Horus is given a limited time to interact with the humans of New York and procreate. During his search for a host body, Horus encounters Nikopol, a rebel condemned to 30 years of hibernation who, due to a mechanical accident, escapes his prison one year early.

Horus has been unsuccessful in attempting to take over the bodies of other humans; due to an incompatibility with the genetic alterations humans have undergone, the host bodies self-destruct while attempting to accommodate a god. Nikopol's body is acceptable as it has been frozen in prison/storage and not undergone the genetic changes causing the rejections. Horus takes partial control of Nikopol's body and starts looking for a woman he can mate with to provide him a son before his death sentence is carried out. When Horus/Nikopol discovers Jill, they become entangled in a web of murder and intrigue.



In the film, Linda Hardy is dubbed by an English-speaking actress (Barbara Weber-Scaff), except for one piece of dialogue delivered in her French.


  1. "Immortel (ad vitam)". AlloCiné. Retrieved November 4, 2011.
  2. Business for Immortal IMDb
  3. "Immortel (ad vitam)". Box Office Mojo. Archived from the original on 2013-01-18. Retrieved 2012-11-25.
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