It’s the year 2035. Prisoner James Cole is offered his freedom if he first agrees to participate in a scientific experiment that takes him back in time so that he can gather information about a devastating virus. We then meet Cole, in the year 1990, who is incarcerated in a psychiatric asylum. As Cole plans his escape, he begins to wonder if his mission to the past is not a product of his own delirium. This intense film is inspired by the medium-length cult film, La Jetée by Chris Marker (1962), a science fiction classic.
Why are we here? What is the meaning of life? The Monty Python team tries to answer these questions through a comical series of sketches that explore the seven mythical ages of humanity, from birth to death. This film is the last of the Monty Python film series, but it is at the same time a return to the first works, with a narrative structured in a nonlinear way.
Dr. Parnassus, an immortal who made a pact with the devil, takes his traveling theater company to the street offering a marvelous spectacle: entering an imaginary world where dreams come true. No one knows that every person who enters the imaginery world is forced to confront the devil and choose between good and evil. Nor does anyone know that because of an old bet, the immortal man’s daughter will soon become the devil’s property. In an attempt to save her, he makes another bet: the first one to seduce five souls will be able to keep her.
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