They Came Back (2004)
Average Rating: 6.2/10
Reviews Counted: 9
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Release Date: May 14, 2004 Limited
Average Rating: 3/5
User Ratings: 2,039
The recently dead return to life in They Came Back, but they are surprisingly uninterested in feasting on the living. Many of them are, naturally enough, elderly, and they seem content merely to go back to their former lives, but their return causes a myriad of complications. Robin Campillo, making his feature directorial debut, co-wrote the script to Laurent Cantet's Time Out, and his "zombie" movie quietly examines the individual and societal impact the dead have on the small French city --
May 14, 2004 Limited
Jun 21, 2005
Haut et Court
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A contemplative off-beat drama taking a very original look at how society copes with death.
Occupying a crepuscular space between life and death, wakefulness and sleep, arthouse and genre, Campillo's astonishing debut is as unnervingly oneiric as it is oddly moving.
[Director Robin Campillo's] camera seems to deliberately circle around death, examining it from every angle.
Leave it to the French to take all the fun out of a Zombie flick, overly intellectualizing even the most base of cinema forms.
...this film's engagingly original premise allows for some probing social exploration but ultimately fails to draw any real conclusions.
a kind of aborted film that's mostly about how paranoid people are, and not the mind-f*** that it really ought to have been
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