An impossible scene from a Bonkers sci-fi epic still captivates the coldest of hearts

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This year marks a quarter of a century since Luc Besson The fifth Element hit theaters, where it was greeted with a reception that perfectly summed up the zany nature of the film itself.

With a budget of 90 million dollars at the time the most expensive European production in history, many predicted an extreme failure of the extravagant intergalactic epic. Not only did it become one of the top 10 grossing releases of 1997 after grossing $264 million at the box office, it was also the highest-grossing French feature film ever made for 14 years.

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The fifth Element also received both Academy Awards and Razzies nominations for underscoring its polarizing nature, but an impossible scene still manages to captivate fans a full 25 years on. Performed by Albanian opera singer Inva Mula-Tchako, the “Diva Dance” was composed by Eric Serra so intentionally otherworldly that it was literally impossible for one human to perform it perfectly from start to finish.

Mula-Tchako recorded the notes one by one, then had them arranged into a seamless whole in post-production, with countless contenders since attempting to recreate the song note by note. It’s a phenomenally moving and heartfelt moment in what’s regularly a completely deranged piece of big-budget cosmic escapism, according to a recent Reddit thread The fifth Element Fandom dims my eyes just thinking about it.

As a whole, the cult classic may have its fair share of flaws, but even the coldest of hearts would surely be moved if they washed away the entire tune from start to finish. An impossible scene from a Bonkers sci-fi epic still captivates the coldest of hearts

Lindsay Lowe

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