Chute Ascendante

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Alban Bourdy

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It's about a young French idealist man (about 25) who meets a South-American woman 15 years older and fell madly in love with. The woman was one of the leaders of an international criminal sect (Ashram Shambala) and she leads the young man to become a responsible in the movement.


Romance,Fantasy,Family,Adventure,Biographical,Religious,Memoir,Mystery,Comedy,Drama,Epic,Funny,Young Adult,Erotica

Short Summary

All the book is based on an antithesis between what the young French man thinks to live, and what happens really. In the beginning, he's a young man, bookseller who just lost his library, and he became fascinated by a South-American woman pretending to be a shaman and asking him a lot of things.

There are two parallels stories, the other one is the story of the young man later, became famous because of the success of the book he wrote about this story. Now in a new idyllic relationship with an actress, but always in love with the South-American. This crazy love brings him to crazy situation


South of France, Paris, dreamlike imaginary place, Washington, New-York, Crimea, somewhere in Italy, Turkey, Georgia.

Based on a True Story


Plot - Premise

Quest,Internal Journey/Rebirth

Plot - Other Elements

Philosophical Questions,Meaningful Message

Mature Audience Themes


Main Character Details

Name: Maria Montserrat

Age: 45

Gender: Female

Role: Emotional

Key Traits: Adventurous,Charming,Complex,Sexy,Confident,Engaging,Flexible,Gracious,Leader,Manipulative,Unapologetic,Strong Moral Code,Seductive,Secretive,Skillful,Religious,Narcisstic,Villainous

Additional Character Details

Name: Philibert (Alban)

Age: 28

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Adventurous,Empathetic,Faithful,Naive,Romantic,Funny,Outspoken,Obedient,Selfless

Additional Character Details

Name: Anicée

Age: 28

Gender: Female

Role: emotional

Key Traits: Adventurous,Outspoken,Romantic,Heroic,Honorable,Faithful

Additional Character Details

Name: Cherry

Age: 33

Gender: Female

Role: emotional

Key Traits: Faithful,Heroic,Seductive,Outspoken,Romantic,Gracious,Skillful,Visionary

Development Pitch

A French man, 26 years old, just lost his bookstore when he's contacted through Facebook by a Yoga teacher he doesn't know. This yoga teacher, who is in Marseilles like him, puts him in contact with a South-American woman pretending to be a Siberian shaman. This South-American woman, 43 years old, is going to Marseille for the first time and wants people to come to the conference and seminar she planed to give. The young man's gonna fall deeply in love with her at the first sight. He never knew love like this before, and his candor faced to this love will bring him to follow this woman in crazy situations. This woman is one of the leaders of the criminal sect Ashram Shambala (an international movement, born in Russia, whose founders are jailed). After have became also a responsible in the movement, the French man is blind to what really happens and thinks he lives in a fairytale. Soon, this fairytale will become a nightmare as his beloved one, who pretending to share his feelings, gets into a relationship with his best friend. He wrote the story in a book who makes him famous. He meets a talented actress who loves him deeply, he get in a relationship with her, but he's still in love with the South-American and crazy things still happen related to the sect. The artists' couple is successful,the actress dies at the same time as their babies, on the day of the childbirth. The writer becomes crazy and is brought out of the society by the sect who makes everyone believe he's dead.

About The Author

Alban Bourdy is a French writer born in 1983 near Paris. Diagnosed gifted when he was 5, he became a bookseller in Marseilles and had theatrical experiences in Avignon (as actor, author and director). For the love of a South-American woman who was one of the leaders of the movement, he joined an international sect from Russia (Ashram Shambala). He became progressively, as he was 28, the French responsible of the sect. This is this story that he wrote in his first novel, "Chute Ascendante" that became a best-seller. From this moment, Alban Bourdy became active in antisects, he wrote about 15 other books (including an autobiography written in English, and some ones co-written with famous psychologists), and made a lot of conferences in all Francophone countries. He appeared in many TV shows, and is also a radio producer.

Target Audiences

Age: 18-34,35-54,13-17,55+

Target Gender: Universal

Group Specific

Information not completed

Publishing Details

Status: Yes: with a Publisher

Publisher: 7 écrit (the contract with them ended after legal dispute, that's why now it's self-published)

Year Published: 2013

Hard Copy Available







French guy falls in love with a South American woman who is part of Russian sect Ashram Shambala. As the woman drags him along to the sect, he manages to come back to his senses when he finds out she was untrue about her feelings. He then manages to find true love and success as a writer, but never gets over this passion, which ends up driving him crazy.

Overall Rating


Point of View


Narrative Elements

Authors Writing Style: GOOD

Characterization: GOOD

Commerciality: FAIR

Franchise Potential: FAIR

Pace: GOOD

Premise: GOOD

Structure: FAIR

Theme: GOOD

Accuracy of Book Profile

Book profile reflects the book accurately.

Draw of Story

What drew me into the story was the curiosity about how do people get involved with sects and what keeps them from the point of view of a man who has been there but was smart enough to get out.

Possible Drawbacks

Sometimes dialogues become monologues when it comes to showing the point of view of the narrator and conversations can get quite artificial.

Use of Special Effects


Primary Hook of Story

I would watch this movie because the sect theme is interesting and this one, especially, brings along interesting subjects related to occultism and spirituality in general.

Fanbase Potential

It could have a large fanbase if adapted because there is a niche on the internet focused on understanding the logic behind sects.

Awards Potential

It could have Awards potential if adapted, and mostly regarding actors representing powerful characters such as Maria.

Envisioned Budget


Similar Films/TV Series


What’s New About the Story

This story is original because the author/narrator is willing to share his experiences on a sensitive subject such as taking part in a sect whose founders are now jailed.

Lead Characters

The narrator and protagonist is not afraid to show his vulnerabilities and he is, at the same time, open about his feelings and the power of Maria as well as and critical of his involvement with the sect. Maria is a powerful and seductive character with a rich construction.

Uniqueness of Story

The story could be improved regarding artificiality of dialogues and a more critical insight on the narrator's idealization of a woman and what does that represent in the whole story would certainly be welcome. Maria is a very interesting character and there could also be developed outside the narrator's idealization of her. What are her motivations? Even though the idea of interlayering two moments in the life of the narrator is interesting, it can become confusing easily.

Possible Formats

Film - Indie, Film - Streaming, Film - Studio, TV Series - Network, TV Series - Cable, TV Series - Limited Run / Mini-Series, TV Series - Streaming

Analyst Recommendation



It should be considered because even though there certainly are issues regarding narrative flow, it's an interesting story about an enticing and important subject such as sects, and is told by a narrator who is willing to share his weaknesses and vulnerability.