Chrysalis (film)

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Film poster
Directed by Julien Leclercq
Produced by Franck Chorot
Written by Julien Leclercq
Nicolas Peufaillit
Franck Philippon
Aude Py
Starring Albert Dupontel
Mélanie Thierry
Music by Jean-Jacques Hertz
François Roy
Cinematography Thomas Hardmeier
Edited by Thierry Hoss
Distributed by Gaumont
Release dates
  • 31 October 2007 (2007-10-31)
Running time
91 minutes
Country France
Language French
Budget €8.3 million[1]
Box office $1.2 million[2]

Chrysalis is a French science fiction film directed and co-written by Julien Leclercq and starring Albert Dupontel. The film was commercially released in France on 31 October 2007.


In 2025 in Paris, police lieutenant David Hoffman investigates the circumstances behind the body of a young girl named Manon, who was resurrected after a car crash and now has scars around her eyes. Hoffman finds a link between the murderer and smuggler Dimitri Nicolov, who is blamed by the lieutenant for the death of Hoffman's wife. Hoffman's investigation leads him to a state-of-the-art plastic surgery clinic whose goal is to go beyond skin and flesh to shape memory and identity.



Chrysalis is the first feature film directed by French filmmaker Julien Leclercq. The film continues a contemporary cyberpunk trend in French cinema, following Enki Bilal's Immortal (2004) and Christian Volckman's Renaissance (2006), preceding Franck Vestiel's Eden Log (2007) and Marc Caro's Dante 01 (2008). Chrysalis incorporates film noir and is influenced by Franco-Belgian comics. The film is considered a homage to Georges Franju's Eyes Without a Face (1960).[3]


Chrysalis premiered at the French film festival Lille La Nuit on 25 June 2007.[4] The film later screened at the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2007.[3] It was commercially distributed in France on 31 October 2007. It was released on DVD on 9 June 2008.


  1. ^ "Chrysalis". JP's Box-Office. 
  2. ^ "Chrysalis". Box Office Mojo. 
  3. ^ a b "TIFF '07 - Chrysalis". Toronto International Film Festival. Retrieved 2007-10-05. 
  4. ^ "Avant première lundi 25 juin de Chr..." (in French). Lilla la 2007-06-21. Retrieved 2007-10-05. 

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