Director: Lucile Hadžihalilović

82 mins France-Spain-Belgium, 2015, Digital, Subtitled

This film was released 6th May 2016, and is no longer screening.

★★★★ The Irish Times ★★★★1/2 Movies.ie

Over a decade has passed since the release of Lucile Hadžihalilović’s haunting debut feature, Innocence (2004), which focused on a group of girls in an isolated boarding school.
In her second film, Evolution, a kind
of companion piece, a colony of young boys are cared for by women on a remote island devoid of adult men. The boys live a life of strict routine, existing on a limited diet and are subject to bizarre medical treatments. After ten-year-old Nicolas sneaks out one night and sees something he shouldn’t, he begins to plan his escape.

The visually beautiful Evolution, enigmatic and poetic, does not give up its mysteries easily – in this,
it bears comparison to films such as Under the Skin (Jonathan Glazer, 2013) and Upstream Colour (Shane Carruth, 2013) – but it is a richly rewarding experience, and surely one of the year’s best films. (Notes by Kevin Coyne.)

Don’t forget we now schedule weekly.


This month’s French Film Club screening – where IFI and Alliance Française members pay just €7 a ticket – on the evening of May 9th is director Lucile Hadžihalilović’s visually striking and inventive Evolution, a companion piece of sorts to her outstanding 2004 film Innocence. Newstalk journalist and TV critic James Dempsey will introduce the screening. Ask at the IFI Box Office for further details.

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