Film Series: Runs & Limited Engagements



2015, Lucile Hadžihalilović, France, 81 min. With Max Brebant, Roxane Duran.

Show Times

  • Fri, Jan 27th 2:00pm
  • Fri, Jan 27th 6:00pm
  • Sat, Jan 28th 4:45pm
  • Sun, Jan 29th 3:00pm
  • Mon, Jan 30th 7:45pm
  • Tue, Jan 31st 6:00pm
  • Wed, Feb 1st 6:00pm
  • Thu, Feb 2nd 8:30pm
Chicago premiere!

"An impeccable, creepy and genuinely transporting movie." — Glenn Kenny, The New York Times

"The most novel, unsettling horror film of the year...Do not miss this film." — Simon Abrams,

The old Wordsworth line "The Child is father of the Man" gets stood on its head in Lucile Hadžihalilović's first film since her audacious 2004 debut INNOCENCE. EVOLUTION is another seductively beautiful, deeply disturbing fairy tale, updating the Val Lewton tradition of suggestive horror to the age of body horror, gender politics, and New French Extremity. As in the girls-school-set INNOCENCE, the hermetic setting defines the story: an idyllic but eerily desolate island inhabited entirely by prepubescent boys and pale, passionless women who serve as the boys' mothers and caretakers, subjecting them to a regimen of wormy cuisine, inky medicine, and mysterious medical procedures. When 10-year-old Nicolas (Brebant) comes upon another boy's underwater corpse, he begins to question the premises of his existence, uncovering the island's elusive but devastating secrets. In French with English subtitles. DCP digital widescreen. (MR)

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