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The Returned (2004)
"Les revenants" (original title)

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The lives of the residents of a small French town are changed when thousands of the recently dead inexplicably come back to life and try to integrate themselves into society that has changed for them.

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Mathieu
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Gardet
Victor Garrivier ...
Le maire
Catherine Samie ...
Martha
Djemel Barek ...
Isham
Marie Matheron ...
Véronique
Saady Delas ...
Sylvain
Guy Herbert ...
Le revenant au blouson gris
Catherine Salvini ...
La psychologue
Alain Guillo ...
Le directeur de Mathieu
Dan Herzberg ...
Le soldat
Hélène Alexandridis ...
La fille du maire
Gérard Watkins ...
Le fils du maire
Serge Biavan ...
Le représentant médecin DDASS
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The lives of the residents of a small French town are changed when thousands of the recently dead inexplicably come back to life and try to integrate themselves into society that has changed for them.

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Forget those flesh-eating zombie movies, how much more scary would be for the world if the dead rose and wanted their old lives back!
21 June 2005 | by (NYC) – See all my reviews

Well, anyone who's been to a 'zombie' movie knows that nothing good can come from bringing the dead back to life, but director Robin Campillo presents a more interesting dilemma. How would a society accommodate and re-integrate their loved ones and relatives if they suddenly came walking out of the cemetery with clean clothes, no illnesses, and energy to spare.

What director Campillo has done is replaced 'scary' with 'eerie' as a local government struggles to shelter and re-located hundreds of the town's former inhabitants. In addition, the town's mayor must decide whether people can return to their old jobs, their old lives, or whether they should be studied to determine how all this came about.

Film takes a very matter-of-fact approach to sifting through a population influx, much like having a large group of refugees arrive in your town. The local scientists do make some early discoveries involving reduced sleep patterns, lower body, temperature, and how these 'arrivals' may only be acting normal as memory response.

If you enjoyed last year's "Time Out" (which Campillo co-wrote), then you'll also appreciate this spooky, but 'non-flesh eating', dead people coming back to life cinema experience. In some ways having your ex-wife come back can be scarier than a zombie, eh guys?


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