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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 ...
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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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Philosophic "zombie"-movie?
29 August 2005 | by (Finland) – See all my reviews

I have seen people say this movie is existentialistic and socio-politic, but in my opinion Les Revenants is mostly criticism to existentialism. Basic idea, as I see it, is "What's dead should stay dead, and shouldn't be thought as alive." The movie shows the problem with the absolute freedom that is often thought as the guideline of existentialism. It shows freedom and the society with clear norms collide. I also saw loads more of thoughts that I just couldn't grasp because I haven't read enough. The socio-politic part, "how can we reintegrate thousands of ex-dead people back to normal life", is just a small part of the movie.

Why is Les Revenants so good? The symbols are clear, the idea shows itself to all who understand the concept, the critic is justified (it identifies the dilemma) and all of it is done from 3 different viewpoints.

If I'd have to suggest this movie to someone, I probably wouldn't. It's really not good as a movie, but better watched as a fictional document.


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