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They Came Back -- 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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Release Date:
27 October 2004 (France) See more »
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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. | Add synopsis »
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2 wins & 4 nominations See more »
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That is an almost creative movie. See more (42 total) »


  (in credits order)

Géraldine Pailhas ... Rachel

Jonathan Zaccaï ... Mathieu

Frédéric Pierrot ... 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
François Clavier ... Le représentant du préfet
Jean-Luc Mimault ... Le gardien de nuit
Philippe Paimblanc ... Clément
Marisa Commandeur ... Marion
Philippe Suner ... Le Représentant
Christiane Mériel ... Mme Liautey
Chantal Trichet ... La Scientifique
Laurent De Saint-Rap ... Germain
Gérard Jeauffroy ... Rinaldi
Marie-Anne Mestre ... La secrétaire de la maire
Félix Cantet ... Le petit fils du maire
Marie Cantet ... La petie fille du maire
Marie-Dominique Dessez ... La collaboratrice de Gardet
Brigitte Barbe ... L'aide Psy.
Sandra Chartraire ... La militaire
Yvan Halouin ... Journalist radio
Valérie Houart ... Journaliste radio
Philippe Hérisson ... L'instituteur
Claudine Barjol ... Nadine

Directed by
Robin Campillo 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Robin Campillo 
Brigitte Tijou 

Produced by
Simon Arnal .... associate producer (as Simon Arnal-Szlovak)
Caroline Benjo .... producer
Carole Scotta .... producer
Original Music by
Jocelyn Pook 
Martin Wheeler 
Cinematography by
Jeanne Lapoirie 
Film Editing by
Robin Campillo 
Stephanie Leger 
Casting by
Constance Demontoy 
Brigitte Moidon 
Production Design by
Laurent Baude 
Mathieu Menut 
Costume Design by
Agnès Falque 
Makeup Department
Rachel Aboulkheir .... hair stylist
Melissa Pugliese .... makeup artist
Laure Talazac .... makeup artist
Michel Vautier .... makeup artist
Production Management
Céline André .... assistant production manager
Aymeric Boutard .... unit manager
Christina Crassaris .... post-production supervisor
Alexandre Florent .... unit manager
Christophe Fustini .... assistant unit manager
Samuel Galhaut .... unit manager
Fanny Gauchery .... unit manager
Fabien Guigou .... assistant post-production supervisor
Gaëtane Josse .... unit production manager
Stephanie Micco .... unit manager runner
Christian Paumier .... production manager
Guinal Riou .... assistant unit manager
Romuald Rousseau .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Patrick Armisen .... second assistant director
Emeline Bertrand .... assistant director
Matthieu Blanchard .... location assistant director
Claire Duran .... second assistant director
Anne Esteve .... assistant director
Christophe Jeauffroy .... first assistant director
Art Department
Pascal Aubin .... construction crew
Jérôme Bertin .... construction crew
Frédéric Dor .... construction crew (as Fred Dor)
Nicolas Doyon .... construction crew
Marine Fronty .... set dresser
Richard Horn .... construction crew
Virginie Le Forestier .... painter
Christophe Offret .... property master
Christophe Rochard .... construction crew
Bruno Ruwet .... construction crew
Isabelle Vellard .... painter
Sound Department
Fabrice Conesa .... sound mixer (as Fabrice Conesa-Alcolea)
Valérie Deloof .... sound editor
Valérie Deloof .... sound mixer
Toni Di Rocco .... sound recordist
Vincent Maloumian .... foley artist
Olivier Mauvezin .... sound
Fred Mays .... post-synchronisation
Gadou Naudin .... foley artist
Agnes Ravez .... sound editor (as Agnès Raves)
Olivier Roche .... sound mix technician
Paulin Sagna .... sound
Dominique Schmit .... stereo sound consultant: Dolby
Joffrey Vanzwaelmen .... sound
Special Effects by
Philippe Alleton .... special effects
Hervé Dajon .... special effects
Jean-Marc Mouligne .... special effects
Pierre Turmeau .... special effects
Visual Effects by
Loïc Caer .... digital compositor
Christophe Courgeau .... matte painter
Sophie Denize .... visual effects coordinator
Cédric Fayolle .... digital compositor
Benoit Holl .... animator
Pascal Laurent .... visual effects supervisor
Guillaume Pondard .... digital compositor
Vincent Venchiarutti .... rotoscope
Daniel Vérité .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Aurélien Chartendrault .... assistant camera
Christophe Chaussebourg .... electrician
Christophe Ciserchia .... grip
Eric David .... grip
Nicolas Dixmier .... electrician
Arnaud Duru .... electrician
Aurélien Gerbault .... electrician
Mathieu Giombini .... second assistant camera
Alexandre Gotkovski .... electrician
Thomas Jacquet .... assistant camera
Guillaume Launay .... electrician
Fabien Leduc .... electrician
Richard Mercier .... Steadicam operator
Cyril Mousseigne .... electrician
Thierry Pascal .... grip
Denoël Riche .... electrician
Benoît Rizzotti .... assistant camera (as Benoît Rizzoti)
Frédéric Serve .... first assistant camera
Isabelle Weingarten .... still photographer
Henri Zaitoun .... assistant camera
Casting Department
Babette Hauss .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jeanne Carvin .... costumer
Juliette Le Carpentier .... costumer
Sophie Mollier .... costumer
Claire Tong .... costumer
Editorial Department
Marsan-Bachere .... color timer (as Mathieu Marsan-Bachere)
Music Department
Eric Debegue .... music publisher
Vivien Kiper .... music publisher
Other crew
Tony Arnoux .... press attache
Isabelle Coursin .... location manager
Barbara Letellier .... production executive
Roger Lorentz .... groupman
Kamel Lyoubi .... groupman
Olivier Pasquier .... production accountant
André-Paul Ricci .... press attache
Brigitte Tijou .... script supervisor
Pascal Tréguy .... dog trainer
Sandrine Vitali .... production administrator

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Les revenants" - France (original title)
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102 min | France:105 min | Argentina:105 min (Mar del Plata Film Festival)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:13 | Germany:12 | Switzerland:14 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:14 (canton of Vaud)
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

Frederic Pierrot who plays Gardet also appears in the 2012 tv series of the same name as the character Jerome.See more »
Movie Connections:
Remade as "The Returned" (2015)See more »


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15 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
That is an almost creative movie., 26 December 2005
Author: brricker from Canada

After I realized this movie is not a horror or a trash one, just because it has zombies in its plot I thought it has a great creative mind behind the story; however, when the movie ended I felt there was something missing in the story. The movie does not care much about explaining its core issue that is about the coming of the dead people themselves. Why did they return to live if all they want is to go to the tunnels? It does not say where the tunnels will lead them. To heaven or to hell? to the Elygian fields? to Mars? or to some new dimension? I would not bother if the movie was longer just to explain this part carefully. If so,the movie would be brilliant. Unfortunately it is not a brilliant movie. It is only good to make us think about the crazy hypothesis that the movie is talking about, which is, at least, interesting. My note is to say that according to my own interpretations, the movie never tries to sound funny as some other critics say, but tragic and hypothetical. People are never prepared to welcome their dead relatives with eager if they knock at their door after some years of "absence", even if you love them so much.

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The first 15 minutes princessdecadence
Total rip-off of 'Yomigaeri'? jorgddh
zombie movies, and this movie GGPuentes
Do the French not embalm or bury their dead people? jimbomatt1974
The Ending? Help! (spoilers) bradleykerr
Movie needs to be about half as long as it was. patricia92243
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