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Zombi Child (2019)

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A man is brought back from the dead to work in the hell of sugar cane plantations. 55 years later, a Haitian teenager tells her friends her family secret - not suspecting that it will push one of them to commit the irreparable.

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Bertrand Bonello

Writer:

Bertrand Bonello (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Louise Labeque Louise Labeque ... Fanny
Wislanda Louimat Wislanda Louimat ... Mélissa
Katiana Milfort Katiana Milfort ... Katy
Mackenson Bijou Mackenson Bijou ... Clairvius Narcisse
Adilé David Adilé David ... Salomé
Ninon François ... Romy
Mathilde Riu Mathilde Riu ... Adèle
Ginite Popote Ginite Popote ... Francina
Néhémy Pierre-Dahomey Néhémy Pierre-Dahomey ... Baron Samedi
Sayyid El Alami ... Pablo
Saadia Bentaïeb ... La surintendante du pensionnat
Patrick Boucheron Patrick Boucheron ... Le professeur d'Histoire
Justine Bo Justine Bo
Raphaël Quenard Raphaël Quenard ... (as Raphael Quenard)
Benjamin Crotty Benjamin Crotty
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Haiti, 1962. A man is brought back from the dead to work in the hell of sugar cane plantations. 55 years later, a Haitian teenager tells her friends her family secret - not suspecting that it will push one of them to commit the irreparable.

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Fantasy

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Country:

France

Language:

French | Haitian | English

Release Date:

24 January 2020 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Zombi Child See more »

Filming Locations:

Haiti

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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$175,031
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1.85 : 1
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One of the best horror films in a very long time.
6 November 2019 | by MOscarbradleySee all my reviews

Beginning in Haiti in the early sixties, "Zombi Child" deals with voodoo and is one of the best and most poetic horror films in many a moon. It is obvious from the title and the setting that we are meant to think of a much earlier film with a similar setting but that would appear to be where the comparisons with Jacques Tourneur's "I Walked with a Zombie" ends for in the next scene we are in comtemporary France and a group of schoolgirls are being taught French history in a very white classroom.

What follows is a deliciously unsettling movie that manages to encompass the pains of teenage romance with a tale of the 'undead' as a metaphor for colonialism and it actually works. I can't think of too many examples in recent cinema where two opposing themes have been as beautifully united as they are here. In some ways it's closer to something like "The Neon Demon" or the recent remake of "Suspiria" than it is to Val Lewton. Here is a film with a creeping sense of dread, (we've all seen films in which schoolgirls are not as sweet as they appear to be), and the grand guignol finale is as spooky as a good horror movie should be. It also confirms director Bertrand Bonello as one of the most exciting talents working anywhere today.


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