Zombi Child

2020

Zombi Child

Critics Consensus

If the strain of its ambitious juggling act sometimes shows, Zombi Child remains an entertainingly audacious experience, enlivened with thought-provoking themes.

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Haiti, 1962: A man is brought back from the dead only to be sent to the living hell of the sugarcane fields. In Paris, 55 years later, at the prestigious Légion d'honneur boarding school, a Haitian girl confesses an old family secret to a group of new friends -- never imagining that this strange tale will convince a heartbroken classmate to do the unthinkable.

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  • "Zombi Child" seeks to interrogate the bitter legacy of French colonialism, from its brutal applications in the past to its spiritual and psychological reverberations in the present.

    February 20, 2020 | Full Review…
  • Bertrand Bonello blends his singular style with his fascination with voodoo for an exceptional film.

    February 1, 2020 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • French voodoo/gothic drama "Zombi Child" is mostly satisfying, but also a little frustrating because of its creators' walking-on-shells sensitivity.

    January 24, 2020 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Haiti's rich history of revolution and rebirth is still in want of filmmakers willing to take it seriously. But at least this one returns the undead to their roots, before they themselves were colonized.

    January 23, 2020 | Full Review…

    Andrew Lapin

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  • The movie's inconclusiveness is the source of its appeal; "Zombi Child" is fueled by insinuation and fascination.

    January 23, 2020 | Full Review…
  • For Bonello, whose previous films have emphasized emotional continuity over conventions of chronology and realism, it all seems to be part of the same continuum, suggesting a deeper, contradictory myth.

    January 23, 2020 | Rating: B | Full Review…

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