The Returned [Blu-ray]
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The Returned (French: Les Revenants) is a television drama series created by Fabrice Gobert and shown on Canal+ in France, BeTV in Belgium and SVT in Sweden. Eight episodes were shown from 26 November to 17 December 2012. It is an adaptation of the 2004 film They Came Back (in French titled Les Revenants). Season 2 is to air in 2014.
Credit to Wiki for the synopsis:
"In a small mountain town, many dead people reappear, apparently alive and normal: road accident victim teenager Camille; suicidal bridegroom Simon; "Victor", a small boy who was murdered by burglars; and Serge, a serial killer. They try to resume their lives as strange phenomena occur: amongst recurring power outages, the water level of the reservoir mysteriously lowers, revealing the presence of dead animals and a church steeple, and strange marks appear on the bodies of the living and the dead."
Let's get the obvious out of the way. Yes, the audio is in French and there are subtitles. Yes, the French are generally not known for producing TV with international appeal (the excellent series "Spiral" being the exception). First point: As an evolving connoisseur (like my use of French here) of international TV, I have come to actually appreciate subtitles. Why, you ask? I have found that watching a program (TV or movie) with subtitles requires a greater level of concentration (hence commitment). I can't be checking my email or playing marbles on my laptop when I have to read the subtitles. As an added benefit, I found my long forgotten high school French coming back to me, as I began to understand more of the spoken words and even some of the inflection. Second Point: It would be a huge mistake to discount Les Revenants due to the so-so reputation of French TV in general.Read more ›
I have seen the first two episodes, and it is my new favorite series. It's too bad American TV always has to go for the flash and over-the-top horror movie tropes in their tired attempts at gothic chills (Fox's Sleepy Hollow, NBC's awful Dracula). This quieter but much scarier French show delivers genuine shock and will haunt you days afterwards.
Is the nameless town really Purgatory, and all the people in it have been "floating" there since the first dam burst back in the 1970s? (This would fit nicely with it's Catholic flavor.) The Returned are the strangest zombies I've ever seen -- sure they decompose a little, but they also are able to reproduce sexually with the *living.* Weird. The Returned asks us to set aside our perceptions about death and life. It certainly made me think how I would react if my own dead came back. (I'd welcome them, I think, as long as they didn't eat brains or Service Dogs.)
The one thing for certain in the world of The Returned is that love *endures* -- especially motherly love. (Again the Catholic thing going on here.)
I cannot recommend The Returned enough. Buy it and know the wonder of French Zombies. And dream of your own dead without fear.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Misread the posting and thought I was getting the American version...this is the French one.Published 9 days ago by Brian Caldwell
Love this series, subtitles and all. Keeps you guessing as to what's going on, even as the season ended. A real puzzle for surePublished 24 days ago by Think about this
Good gripping drama! Have been hooked since I came across one episode on the Sundance Channel. Still following it into its second season!Published 1 month ago by Jon Salle
really great show, interesting plot and good actors. Came across this on Sundance. Already on season 2. Highly recommended. Not your normal zombie fare.Published 1 month ago by TheNurses
This series is amazing. The acting and story are so good that I am as committed as a family member to the characters, and forget they aren't really related to each other (meaning... Read morePublished 1 month ago by LAD
I have watched the series numerous times and I can say everytime I have noticed something new and I solve some puzzles but new ones are revealed. Read morePublished 1 month ago by steven clark
Well,I've now seen season two ,which is the conclusion of this story line. This is easily the best show ,shown during the 2015 TV season. There isn't anything anywhere to touch it. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Richard L. Baybusky
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