Possibility of an Island (2008)


Possibility of an Island (2008)
La possibilité d'une île (original title)

A futuristic story about a man and his clone.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            
IMDb   3.5 /10
TheMovieDb    4.6 /10
FilmAffinity   2.7 /10
Director Michel Houellebecq
Writer Michel Houellebecq
Writer Gavin Bowd
Writer Fernando Arrabal
Release Date2008-09-10
Runtime1h 35mins
GenreDrama, Sci-Fi
Content Rating
Awards1 nomination.
CompanyMandarin Films, Morena Films, Black Forest Films
Ramata Koite
Ramata Koite
Marie 23
Philippe Delest
Philippe Delest
Le délégué luxembourgeois
Sandra Murugiah
Sandra Murugiah
Hôtesse Indienne
Robbie Nock
Robbie Nock
L'ami du clergyman
Gavin Bowd
Gavin Bowd
Le footbaleur anglais
Patrick Rameau
Patrick Rameau
Marie De Biasio
Marie De Biasio

La Possibilité d'une île (film)

La Possibilité d'une île is a 2008 film directed by Michel Houellebecq, loosely based on his 2005 novel The Possibility of an Island.


Without much response and only accompanied by his not very supportive son Daniel and a technical assistant, a man calling himself 'The Prophet' travels around Belgium and lectures on eternal life and how it is possible to surpass the limitations of death. Only three years later he has achieved a remarkable status with numerous followers. Believing in the so-called Elohim, extraterrestrials who bring eternal life, the sect he founded is doing research on an optimised technique of cloning that allows one to reproduce an adult person within a few minutes including a copy of his complete memory storage. Daniel leaves his father's cult but returns years later in order to become The Prophet's successor. The story continues thousands of years from this moment. Daniel reappears as a clone of himself, heir to a long line of clones called neo-humans. Living in a cave, he reads about the past of humankind and his own ancestors. When an undefined longing urges him to leave his cave, he wanders a lonely world. After a dog has become his companion, Daniel feels like he approaches the concept of love which neo-humans have lost over the centuries. At the same time another loner is getting lost in the wastelands, a woman whose original human version once had an encounter, maybe a love affair with Daniel.

External links

  • La Possibilité d'une île at IMDb
  • Houellebecq et le “Prix Clone-court”: ou le Nouvel-Âge du clonage de clowns raëliens—(Cloning Clowns with the “Clonecourt Prize” is now “Raëlity”!)