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They Came Back (2004)

Les revenants (original title)
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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Robin Campillo
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Géraldine Pailhas ... Rachel
Jonathan Zaccaï ... Mathieu
Frédéric Pierrot ... Gardet
Victor Garrivier Victor Garrivier ... Le maire
Catherine Samie ... Martha
Djemel Barek Djemel Barek ... Isham
Marie Matheron Marie Matheron ... Véronique
Saady Delas Saady Delas ... Sylvain
Guy Herbert Guy Herbert ... Le revenant au blouson gris
Catherine Salvini Catherine Salvini ... La psychologue
Alain Guillo Alain Guillo ... Le directeur de Mathieu
Dan Herzberg Dan Herzberg ... Le soldat
Hélène Alexandridis Hélène Alexandridis ... La fille du maire
Gérard Watkins Gérard Watkins ... Le fils du maire
Serge Biavan 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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Genres:

Drama | Fantasy

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

27 October 2004 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Frederic Pierrot who plays Gardet also appears in the 2012 tv series of the same name as the character Jerome. See more »

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Remade as The Returned (2015) See more »

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Interesting parable
20 July 2005 | by thitherSee all my reviews

I liked this movie. It had a dreamy, parable-like quality to it that reminded me of films like Man Facing Southeast (1986) and The Rapture (1991). The focus is not really on the plot, so if you are annoyed with movies that don't explain a lot of the action, this is probably not the movie for you. Some would probably find it a little pretentious too; personally, it was well within my own threshold.

The cinematography is really good throughout, and the acting is well-done. The director is very successful in evoking a strange, off-kilter feeling, which predominates and occasionally escalates into eeriness and even a little dread. The newly returned dead are enigmas to their living relations and the audience both.

I felt somewhat let down by the ending, but not as much as I would have thought if I'd known the plot of the movie beforehand. Although some things in the movie (mostly plot elements) were not resolved to my satisfaction, I did feel like the character development was complete by the end. That focus is fairly typical of the movie as a whole.


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