In a bio-engineered dystopia, 'Vesper' finds seeds of hope

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Raffiella Chapman stars as Vesper, a 13-year-old bio-hacker. Courtesy of IFC Films

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Hollywood apocalypses come in all shapes and sizes – zombified, post-nuclear, plague-ridden – so it says something that the European eco-fable Vesper can weave together strands from quite a few disparate sci-fi films and come up with something that feels eerily fresh.

Lithuanian filmmaker Kristina Buozyte and her French co-director Bruno Samper begin their story in a misty bog so bleak and lifeless it almost seems to

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