Marc Caro's Dante 01
Marc Caro used to write for 'MÃ©tal Hurlant'.
Then he teamed up with Jean-Pierre Jeunet, and they directed Delicatessen
and The City of Lost Children
They split before Alien : Resurrection
. He did some design for Jan Kounen, but no more movies.
Dante 01 is old-school scifi.
It looks like it had a pretty tight budget, which is not a bad thing.
The story takes place in a psychiatric facility / space station, in orbit around a fiery planet named Dante.
A new and mysterious inmate is brought on board.
It'll all end up in mystical crazyness.
The story is good enough : it's not a revolution, but it works.
The mystical/scifi aspect is very reminiscent of the 'MÃ©tal Hurlant' era (think Jodorowski and Moebius), except with added Christian symbolism.
I don't know if Caro is Christian, or if he just used christian symbols to make his main character more powerful. That annoyed me.
The cast is amazing : all the inmates are real 'characters', with strong features and memorable faces.
Dominique Pinon and François Hadji Lazaro, two regulars of the previous Jeunet/Caro films, are here too.
Lambert Wilson (whom you may remember from his Merovingian role in the Matrix sequels).
And finally : the design is perfect.
The movie looks like it was shot around the same time as the first Alien
I really liked that.
Here you go :
I liked the movie.
Very few people will agree with me.
But sci-fi / cyberpunk fans are more likely than others