"[A] a triumph of internal horror..." - Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine
The lives of the residents of a small French town are changed when thousands of the recently dead inexplicably come back to life and try to integrate themselves into society that has changed for them.
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this is no horror movie, this is a masterpiece in the zombie genre. I was captivated and emotionally moved by this film. Some thinks its slow, but i didn't find it that way. This is a movie about grief and the importance of grief...
At first I thought it was similar to a "home movie". However, it covers some deep themes, especially whether to accept the dead as they return to a
life their loved ones were used to without them around. Sad at times, not gruesome, ...the importance of love, real love.
Ending was a bit weak. They invested a wonderful degree of imagination for the breadth of the film, but then it suddenly was absent at the end. Otherwise...interesting, creative take on the "zombie theme".
Excellent and very powerful movie!
Freaky, good but ugh so freaky. And sad, at it's core so very sad. It didn't help I totally related to the living and their desire to send the dead back home.
How would you feel if your loved ones returned from the grave? It's a jarring proposition. As usual, the French handle it masterfully, ignoring the distasteful and outright offensive tone that this movie would probably take in any other genre than sci fi. And in so doing, it transcends cultural hesitation and discomfort and translates it into an honest and candid film. With a creepy twist. Go ahead and watch, it's not your average zombie flick.
Not your American parent's zombie film. A slow-moving (as slow as the zombies sometimes), foreign film with the usual amount of French interior dialogue, They Came Back ia a psychological horror film for the Philosof. Obvious metaphors re: refugees and Alzheimer's/dementia abound in the beginning. In the end it all comes down to what it means to love and to lose that love...with a Zombie Apocalypse as background.