France, 2007, 98 Minute Running Time
Genre/Subjects: Action/Adventure, Science Fiction
Language: French English Sub-Titles
Imagine waking up in a pool of mud, naked and suffocating—and next to a dead body. You have no memory of your identity or your surroundings, yet all of your reflexes are telling you to run. But how do you choose an escape route when you don’t know where to go from here?
It’s a predicament you’ll weather vicariously through Tolbiac (Clovis Cornillac), who has just landed in Eden Log—a giant, labyrinthine community far underground that draws its energy from the twisted roots of a colossal tree. With nowhere to turn but up, Tolbiac sets out through a countless series of tunnels and abandoned laboratories—but his progress is constantly hindered by electronic spectres and angry mutants. Along the way, he also meets a female botanist who holds some frightful keys to his identity—and to his role in an experiment that would have dire global ramifications if it were to go awry. But really, at this point, what could go worse?
First-time French filmmaker Franck Vestiel takes cues from such countrymen as Jean-Pierre Jeunet and Marc Caro (of Delicatessen fame), as well as from the art of comics and RPGs, to create a sci-fi fantasy that is equal parts surreal beauty and stark terror. As part of the recent wave of French cinema that inheres in the dark and fantastic, Eden Log seems to suggest that something odd has made its way into the wine supply over there. But if its likes are the side effect, let’s pour Vestiel and his peers another glass.
DIRECTOR: Franck Vestiel
Producer: Cédric Jimenez
Editor: Nicolas Sarkissian
Screenwriter: Pierre Bordage, Franck Vestiel
Cinematographer: Thierry Pouget
Principal Cast: Clovis Cornillac, Vamala Pons, Zohar Wexler, Sifan Shao, Arben Bajraktaraj
US Distributor: Magnet Releasing