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The Way Beyond

Original Title: L’enfance d’Icare

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Jonathan Vogel (Guillaume Depardieu) would like to turn back the clock and undo the accident that led to his disability and destroyed his life. When he learns that Stivlas Karr (Carlo Brandt), a well-known professor and geneticist, has developed a gene therapy for regenerating the human body, he makes an appointment with him for some clinical tests. But the therapy doesn’t go according to Professor Karr’s plan and leads to unexpected results. Jonathan, whose life is now in danger, has become aware that there is only one person who can help him: Alice (Alysson Paradis), the professor’s daughter.

Technical Information

2009; Switzerland, Romania, France; Drama, Sci-fi; 96 minutes; 35mm, HDCAM-SR; 1:1.85; Dolby SRD; Original Language: French; Subtitles: English


Alexandre Iordachescu


Alexandre Iordachescu, Marianne Brun, Marcel Beaulieu


Marius Panduru


Catalin F. Cristutiu, Alexandre Iordachescu


The Young Gods


Elefant Films Sàrl, Elefant Film, Freshline Productions


Ruxandra Zenide, Dan Burlac, Alexandre Iordachescu


Calin Papura

Jonathan Vogel

Guillaume Depardieu

Alive Karr

Alysson Paradis

Stivlas Karr

Carlo Brandt

Anna Vogel

Sophie Lukasik

Infirmière Jonathan

Doroteea Petre

La Consultante

Patricia Bopp

Jacques Becker

Jean-Pierre Gos


Madalina Constantin


Born in 1974 in Bucharest, Romania. Joint Swiss and Romanian citizenship. Since 1989 lives in Switzerland. 1990-93 Attends EAD (École des Arts Décoratifs) in Geneva, Artistic Expression Department. 1991-93 Attends ETM (École des Technologies Musicales) in Geneva. Involved in various installations, shows and performances. 1993-98 Attends ESAV (École Supérieure d’Art Visuel Genève), Mixed-Media and Videography Department. 1995-96 Works as web designer. 1997 Co-manages a cyber-café and designs websites. 1998 Receives degree from ESAV. 1999 -2004 Creative Director for marchFIRST and Blue Infinity. 2005 Cofounder of Elefant Films, production company.

Selective Filmography

Feature Film

2012 Lullaby to My Father

2007 Die andere Hälfte

2005 Ryna



2010 Guillaume Depardieu – Es ist die Hölle!

2010 Soap Opera in Wonderland

2005 Le tramway d’Andréa

2003 Les démolisseurs

2000 Le jardin des autres roses



May 09 – 22



May 28 – Jun 06


Apr 15 – 24


Apr 08 – 13


Jan 21 – 22


Jan 21 – 28



Nov 10 – 17


Oct 24 – Nov 01


Aug 27 – Sep 10

24 heures

The result on the big screen arouses fascination with the final appearance of the actor, his face ravaged with pain, the heavy gait, in the sanitized corridors of a hospital. And yet, he seems as fragile as porcelain. Probably a part of the legacy he wanted to leave to the world.

Eileen Hoffer

Mata Hari Mag

The movie touches the science fiction and its strength lies in the fact that, exactly, it is difficult to classify in a genre. The sound conception is excellent, it contributes to create an alarming but bearable atmosphere for the spectator who wonders how the character can go out of the dead end in which he is. The cold colors used by the chief cameraman stress the sensation of strangeness which feels the character and Guillaume Depardieu’s humanism bursts the screen. His warm heart comes to counterbalance all the lugubrious atmosphere which surrounds him. He interprets magnificently his role. He is poignant, we want to follow him up to the end.

Alexandre Iordachescu leaves us in a redoubtable suspense as for the future of this man exploited by the science. We have to recognize that there is a parallel suspense for the spectator: how and why did Guillaume Depardieu end his career here? What did he want to say?

What are the images that he wanted to leave us? The movie is a schemer and attaching. It bitterly makes us regret the death of this outstanding comedian who pulled a perfect character of victim but who had to mysteriously leave it the skin. We also appreciate the invitation of the director to meditate on the power of the science and to envisage its limits. Let us note to finish, the beautiful performance of Alysson Paradis (sister of the singer Vanessa Paradis) who interprets a very attractive role as well as a song of Young Gods which you will have difficulty to chase away of your head when leaving the cinema.

Anne-Laure Teichet

Le Matin

The tenacity of the director and the feverish presence of Guillaume Depardieu command respect.

Rafael Wolf

Le Courrier

THE WAY BEYOND relies almost entirely on the performance of Guillaume Depardieu. An interpretation necessarily inhabited by a deaf emergency that fascinates.

Mathieu Loewer

Le Figaro

To this character trapped, he gives a passionate melancholy, a beautiful momentum of suffering and love intertwined.

Marie-Noëlle Tranchant


Revealed in 1992 in Alain Corneau’s All the Mornings of the World, for which he learned to play the viola da gamba, Guillaume Depardieu’s talent was confirmed in Pierre Salvadori’s comedy, The Apprentices, in an amusing scene in which he skies down a staircase. Parallel to these comedies in which he was so brilliant, he was Josée Dayan’s favourite actor in several of her TV productions (The Count of Monte Cristo in 1998, Castle in Sweden in 2008). 

He also played a tormented hero for Leos Carax and, more recently, a crazily in love army general for Jacques Rivette, a lost soldier for Serge Bozon and a homeless person in Pierre Schoeller’s first feature. 

He was never better than in the extreme roles of marginal characters, played with a subtle panache, echoing his own personal borderline lifestyle.

Selective Filmography

Feature Film

2009 Au voleur

2008 Les inséparables

2008 De la guerre

2008 Versailles

2007 Peur(s) du noir

1999 Pola X

1995 Les apprentis

1991 Tous les matins du monde