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The Returned 

Les Revenants (original title)
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The Returned opens in a small mountain community which is rocked to its core when several local people who are presumed dead suddenly re-appear at their homes. Despite having passed away ... See full summary »

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Fabrice Gobert
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Anne Consigny ...  Claire Séguret 16 episodes, 2012-2015
Clotilde Hesme ...  Adèle / ... 16 episodes, 2012-2015
Frédéric Pierrot ...  Jérôme / ... 16 episodes, 2012-2015
Céline Sallette ...  Julie / ... 16 episodes, 2012-2015
Grégory Gadebois ...  Toni / ... 16 episodes, 2012-2015
Guillaume Gouix ...  Serge 16 episodes, 2012-2015
Pierre Perrier ...  Simon Delaitre 16 episodes, 2012-2015
Yara Pilartz ...  Camille / ... 16 episodes, 2012-2015
Jean-François Sivadier Jean-François Sivadier ...  Pierre / ... 16 episodes, 2012-2015
Ana Girardot ...  Lucy / ... 16 episodes, 2012-2015
Jenna Thiam ...  Lena / ... 16 episodes, 2012-2015
Swann Nambotin ...  Victor 16 episodes, 2012-2015
Brune Martin Brune Martin ...  Chloé / ... 16 episodes, 2012-2015
Constance Dollé Constance Dollé ...  Sandrine Sabatini / ... 15 episodes, 2012-2015
Matila Malliarakis Matila Malliarakis ...  Frédéric 15 episodes, 2012-2015
Laetitia de Fombelle Laetitia de Fombelle ...  Madame Costa 14 episodes, 2012-2015
Jérôme Kircher Jérôme Kircher ...  Père Jean-François 14 episodes, 2012-2015
Guillaume Marquet Guillaume Marquet ...  Alcide / ... 14 episodes, 2012-2015
Vincent Trouilleux Vincent Trouilleux ...  Lucho / ... 12 episodes, 2012-2015
Samir Guesmi ...  Thomas 10 episodes, 2012-2015
Alice Butaud ...  Mère de Victor 9 episodes, 2012-2015
Laurent Lucas ...  Berg 8 episodes, 2015
Alix Poisson Alix Poisson ...  Laure 8 episodes, 2012
Michaël Abiteboul Michaël Abiteboul ...  Milan 8 episodes, 2015
Armande Boulanger Armande Boulanger ...  Audrey Sabatini 8 episodes, 2015
Ernst Umhauer Ernst Umhauer ...  Virgil 8 episodes, 2015
Pierre Rochefort ...  Médecin 8 episodes, 2012-2015
Nicolas Wanczycki Nicolas Wanczycki ...  Lieutenant Janvier 8 episodes, 2015
Bertrand Constant Bertrand Constant ...  Maire 8 episodes, 2012
Franck Adrien Franck Adrien ...  Yan 8 episodes, 2012-2015
Laurent Capelluto ...  Le Commandant 7 episodes, 2015
Simon Ehrlacher Simon Ehrlacher ...  Gendarme / ... 7 episodes, 2012
Julien Gauthier Julien Gauthier ...  Tristan 7 episodes, 2015
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The Returned opens in a small mountain community which is rocked to its core when several local people who are presumed dead suddenly re-appear at their homes. Despite having passed away some years earlier, these ghostly characters appear in human form, they have not aged, and they are completely unaware of their own fatality. Determined to reclaim their lives and start over, they slowly come to realize that they are not the only ones to have been brought back from the dead. Their return augers torment for their community when a gruesome murder attempt bears a chilling resemblance to the work of a serial killer from the past. This is a homecoming like no other. Written by Donboy

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France

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French

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31 October 2013 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Haute Savoie Alps, France See more »

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Haut et Court,Canal+,Jimmy See more »
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Stereo

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16:9 HD
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Besides the 2004 film, the series plot is very similar to the Brazilian novel "Incidente em Antares" (Incident in Antares) by Erico Verissimo, which was published in 1971. A mini-series based on the book, Incidente em Antares (1994), was released in Brazil in 1994. See more »

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Remake of They Came Back (2004) See more »

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Very good - and very frustrating
5 September 2013 | by Leofwine_dracaSee all my reviews

Review of Series One:

THE RETURNED, a French TV series tackling a zombie epidemic, is one of the freshest and most inventive pieces of television I've watched in a while. Everything about it screams impressive: it boasts wonderful performances from a series of outstanding actors, huge attention to detail, and exceptional technical values from the direction to the camera-work, the set design, you name it. It's also very well written, with a cast of intriguing characters and just the right level of incident to keep you watching.

Another plus is the horror theme, which for once is handled with maturity and insight into human emotion. These aren't clichéd, flesh-eating zombies, rather missing loved ones, and watching them return to their family members - who have long since stopped the grieving process - is heartbreaking. The horror comes from a growing sense of mystery, of an increasing foreboding, enhanced by some excellent, long-held musical notes which send suspense levels through the roof. It truly doesn't get much better than this, and it puts Hollywood to shame.

If there's one problem with THE RETURNED, it's that it ends up incredibly frustrating, because it answers very few of the many, many questions it raises. By the end of the last episode of season one, we're no closer to the truth of the matter than we were at the beginning of the first episode, which is a real pity; the audience will only go along with you for so long, and there should have been some real, concrete answers to sweeten the mix. As it is, we're now forced to wait - for a very long time - for the second series, which should hopefully provide at least some explanation as to what it's all about.

Review of Series Two:

Most of us who were fans of the first series were eagerly awaiting this second series as it would hopefully tie up some of the mystery from the first. No such luck. Instead of finally telling us what's been going on, THE RETURNED continues to plough the same furrow, deliberately obscuring the viewer and raising more questions than it answers.

The use of flashbacks has gone into overload here. Every episode opens with a flashback and they recur throughout. They're pretty tiresome by now, especially when they add very little to the plot development. Plus, a bunch of new and rather extraneous characters are introduced and the series tells their stories instead of adding much in the way of new stuff to the existing characters.

The quality of the acting is still good, and the cinematography - all stillness and gloom - remains excellent. But the characters seem like they're stuck in a rut, and viewers are forced to wait until the final episode until something finally happens. I'm not sure what - the ambiguous nature of it means that the viewer must make his or her own mind up as to what transpired - but at least it provides a conclusion of sorts. Please, no third series though, as this was a huge step down from the excellent first.


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