An exquisitely orchestrated beauty.
Avalon is the perfect live-action visual representation of anime, and not just any anime. Director Mamoru Oshii is best known for his highly-regarded anime Ghost in the Shell, and as such he creates a film that shares themes and mood from high-concept, cerebral sci-fi anime films and series such as GITS, Appleseed or Serial Experiments Lain.
From an animeless standpoint, this is a magnificently shot sci-fi film with a (to quote Ted Mosby) "hauntingly beautiful" soundtrack that stands on its own.
The story follows a loner, Ash, who's a star player in a virtual-reality game called Avalon . She hears of a special level that can only be accessed under very specific circumstances, and decides to do it.
The film, like the aforementioned anime, explores the themes of a blurred line between what is real and what isn't.
Awesomeness guaranteed for fans of sci-fi or anime.