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The Returned

(Les revenants)


The recently dead return to life and seem content merely to go back to their former lives, but their return causes a myriad of complications. Isham and Véronique have their trepidations, but they're generally happy, at first, to see their little boy Sylvain, and the town's elderly mayor welcomes home his wife, Martha . But Rachel, a government health official, cannot bring herself to visit her newly returned husband, Mathieu, at the ad-hoc shelter where the government houses the "zombies" like refugees. Eventually, she relents, and Mathieu returns home, but the living find that their loved ones are not exactly as they remember them. Studies soon reveal that the dead suffer from a form of aphasia. They cannot create new memories, and they cannot be trusted to perform any but the most menial tasks. Perhaps sensing the discomfort they cause the living, the dead gather together at night, and seem to be formulating some kind of secret plan.

A movie directed by Robin Campillo

2004 - 102 minutes - Color - Dolby - 2.35

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Main Cast

  • Rachel
  • Mathieu
  • Gardet
  • Le maire
  • Martha
  • Isham
  • Véronique
  • Sylvain
  • Le revenant au blouson gris
  • La psychologue
  • Le directeur de Mathieu
  • Le soldat
  • La fille du maire
  • Le fils du maire
  • Le représentant médecin DDASS

Also Known As

  • They Came Back (inc)

Release dates

  • October 27, 2004
  • October 08, 2004 (Aubagne Film Festival)
  • October 13, 2004 (Saint-Jean-de-Luz Film Festival)
  • October 27, 2004
  • July 22, 2013 (DVD premiere)