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DANTE 01

DVD Review by David Blackwell

 

DETAILS:   82 minutes, making of featurette, trailer

VIDEO:   2.35:1 (Anamorphic Widescreen)

AUDIO:   French, English 5.1 Dolby

Subtitles:  English, Spanish, English SDH

 

STUDIO:   Dimension Extreme/ Eskwad/ Wild Bunch/ CNC

RELEASE DATE:  4-21-2009

DANTE 01 is an interesting sci-fi film coming out during a time where France is putting out a series of excellent crime and sci-fi movies.   Each prisoner at a mental hospital in a space station represents one of the seven sins.   The station is orbiting a hellish world known as Dante.   The story begins when a new arrival with no name arrives at the station with a new scientist.   The stranger shows powers that can heal people.   In a way, it is a very experimental film with an abstract sense of mythology and religion woven into the characters (and story).  The new arrival is dubbed as Saint George (Lambert Wilson) and some prisoners start seeing him like a Christ-like savior.  He is able to take away the prisoners’ pain when a new doctor tries to alter their behavior through nanites or another gets injured.   The ending is left up to interpretation because the original budget was cut in half by the producers from eight million euros to four which resulted in director Marc Caro not filming the ending he wanted.  DANTE 01 is a film you can place besides films like Tarkovsky’s sci-fi films (SOLARIS and STALKER) and RENEGADE (known as BLUEBERRY in France).

 

SPECIAL FEATURES:

THE MAKING OF DANTE 01 goes behind-the-scenes of making the film from the start to the production.   Interviews with actors, the writer, and director Marc Caro.

Also included is the theatrical trailer for the film.

 

FINAL ANALYSIS:  DANTE 01 may be frustrating to some, but it is an interesting exercise in experimental sci-fi even though the results are mixed.

 

This DVD review is (c)5-3-2009 David Blackwell and cannot be reprinted without permission.  Send all comments to lord_pragmagtic@hotmail.com