5 items from 2017
The zombie apocalypse subgenre has proven sufficiently durable and extensive to encompass everything from traditional horror to romantic comedy, sociopolitical metaphor to knockabout farce. But it’s doubtful that any previous movie or TV drama about the voracious undead has deserved the label of “contemplative” as much as writer-director Robin Aubert’s “The Ravenous” (“Les Affames”), an eerily melancholy horror story set in a contemporary Quebec countryside, where the line between life and death is relentlessly smudged and the survival instinct is repeatedly undermined by fatalistic resignation.
To be sure, Aubert plays by the rules of the game when it comes to establishing the particulars of his plot: Flesh-eating zombies of unknown origin infect or devour humans; the creatures can be terminated only with bullets to the head or through the energetic application of sharp instruments; an increasingly desperate and gradually dwindling group of survivors take their last best shot at traveling toward a safe haven.
- Joe Leydon
The zombie film will never die, and as long as it’s popular, people from all over the world will take a stab at cashing in on the success of shows like The Walking Dead or films like World War Z. With Robin Aubert’s Les Affamés, French-Canadian cinema tries its hand at tackling the undead, and the results are mixed at best. The problem with taking on such a ubiquitous subgenre of horror is that it takes a lot to stand out from the herd; people have to either reinvent the wheel, or give it one hell of a spin in order to make a lasting impression. Aubert’s film falls somewhere in between those two outcomes by showing off strong technical skills but within a generic story.
Aubert structures his film around eight different characters trying to survive the aftermath of a zombie outbreak in rural Quebec. There »
- The Film Stage
A remote village in Quebec is terrorized by a flesh-eating plague, in the latest from Robin Aubert. Actor Marc-André Grondin (Goon) stars in the arthouse horror thriller Les Affamés (Ravenous), alongside actress Monia Chokri (Venice/Tiff 2016 selection Réparer les vivants), Veteran actresses Micheline Lanctôt (My Internship in Canada) and Brigitte Poupart (Monsieur Lazhar). Directed by Aubert, who also penned the script, “The film follows a group of rural […] »
- Brad Miska
"We can try to figure out what Simon would have wanted." Cohen Media Group has debuted an official Us trailer for the French indie drama Heal the Living, based on the book of the same name (Réparer les vivants) by Maylis De Kerangal. The film stars Tahar Rahim (from A Prophet and The Past) as Thomas Rémige, a doctor who is tasked with caring for a young teenage surfer boy who is in a coma after a car crash. The story follows the lives of three different people, and how they connect after a horrific accident. The cast includes Emmanuelle Seigner, Anne Dorval, Bouli Lanners, Kool Shen, Monia Chokri, and Alice Taglioni. The film already played at film festivals last fall, and opens this month. This has some stunning cinematography, and it looks like a tender, emotional film about grief. This trailer totally got my attention. Here's the official Us »
- Alex Billington
Heal The Living (Réparer les vivantes) Director: Katell Quillévéré Written by: Katell Quillévéré, Gilles Taurand from the novel “The Heart” by Maylis de Kerangal Cast: Tahar Rahim, Emmanuelle Seigner, Anne Dorval, Bouli Lanners, Kool Shen, Monia Chokri, Alive Taglioni Opens: April 14, 2017 “We’re all connected” sounds like a tagline for a phone company and […]
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- Harvey Karten
5 items from 2017
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