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.
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Both seasons are extremely good. French cinema is usually very unwatchable for a lot of American viewers because they sort of hate endings. Read morePublished 3 months ago by littlebeansmom
This show is a haunting in the best way possible. From the acting, to the cinematography, to the music, everything has just the right amount of eerie beauty. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Rachel Fordham
It's fantastically eerie. Maybe a bit slow, but you can binge watch.Published 4 months ago by michelle r miller
it's the french version of the American version -- hated myself for even having to pay good money for that crap!!!!!!!Published 4 months ago by Angel Knight
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