Realive (Spanish: Proyecto Lázaro) is a 2016 Belgian-Spanish-French English-language science fiction drama film written and directed by Mateo Gil.

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Theatrical release poster with the Spanish title Proyecto Lázaro
Directed byMateo Gil
Produced by
Written byMateo Gil
Music byLucas Vidal
CinematographyPau Esteve Birba
Edited byGuillermo de la Cal
Distributed byFilmax (Spain)
Syfy Films (North America)
Release date
July 23, 2016 (Fantasia International Film Festival)
Running time
112 minutes
  • Belgium
  • Spain
  • France


A man with a terminal illness has his body frozen in cryostasis and becomes the first man to be resuscitated from cryonics seventy years later in the year 2084. His on and off again girlfriend is by his side as he commits suicide in order to be cryopreserved. Being an accomplished artist with a design firm under his wing, he cannot stand the randomness of his throat cancer and decides to "go" under his own volition and control. After his "resurrection" under project "Lazarus", by a company with its own agenda, he starts to question mortality and matters of soul, as well as life as a transition of matter and energy. After realizing that he only valued his own life under the threat of his imminent death, unable to cope with his new life, he decides to commit suicide. Alas, the film ends with the realization that is something he's not allowed to do.



Filming took place in Tenerife, Canary Islands (Spain).


Film critic Dennis Harvey of wrote that "Gil demonstrates a graceful assurance orchestrating Realive's design and technical elements" but felt that the film was ultimately "emotionally antiseptic".[1]


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