Synopsis from Redemption/Kino:
L'IMMORTELLE involves a Frenchman, traveling in Istanbul, who is fascinated by the city's language, architecture, and exotic culture. He soon becomes entranced by a mysterious woman (Françoise Brion) who seems to encourage his attentions but remains, maddeningly, just beyond his reach. His erotic pursuit of her leads him into the criminal underworld...with deadly consequences.
While I have seen some truly stunning Blu-ray transfers in this collection from Redemption and even beyond... Twilight Time included, I'm sort of shocked to say that this may be the most crystal clear I have enjoyed to date. From the Turkish minarets to clips of water rushing to sleek travel by car to super close zooms that are more like moon landings than shots of a pretty girl in a room, you have a lot to appreciate visually. The story may be fascinating, but the imagery, shot selection and contrasty genius of this picture are truly genius. This is a movie with which to compare other movie, other Redemption features and your Blu-ray catalog. Even if you can't find enjoyment in the content of the narrative and journey, it's flashbulb wake up call.
Note: 1920 x 1080p 1.66:1, HD Transfer from 35mm Film Elements. The disc includes a 32 minute interview with writer/director Alain Robbe-Grillet, three trailers for Robbe-Grillet films and a promo short. It's gorgeously grainy.
Out of my three experiences with Robbe-Grillet's work this is by far the most enjoyable from a narrative perspective, over all feeling and visually a masterpiece. I'm glad to watch more of his movies, but I cannot imagine another challenging my experience with L'Immortelle.
You can order L'Imortelle now. Available April 1st.