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They Came Back

They Came Back

A Feature film by Robin Campillo

Produced by Haut et Court

Release in France : 27/10/2004

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France 3 Cinéma, Gimages

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The dead have returned to earth in droves. Throughout the world, thousands of these dead have left the cemeteries behind them and headed for the city. Their exodus gives rise to a fundamental question: just how can society accommodate all these people returning from the afterlife?


They Came Back by Robin Campillo (Les Revenants, France, 2004, 102 min.). The dead have returned…and are undergoing an existential crisis. Robin Campillo’s hugely original drama takes a timeless horror-movie trope, empties it of the expected chills, and uses it as a vehicle for another kind of unease entirely, one rooted in the everyday and in real human emotion. The film begins with an image that could be straight from any George Romero movie, as armies of the reanimated walk out of a graveyard in broad daylight. Everyone who’s died in the last 10 years has mysteriously returned to life, and in one French town, 13,000 people are back on the scene. An audacious genre reworking, They Came Back is philosophically rich and intensely, though subtly, moving. It’s a striking first feature by the co-writer and editor of Laurent Cantet’s films, including Heading South. Description adapted from the London Film Festival.

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Executive producers :

Caroline Benjo, Carole Scotta

Screenwriters :

Robin Campillo, Jean-André Yerles

Sound Recordist :

Olivier Mauvezin

Production Manager :

Christian Paumier

Editors :

Robin Campillo, Stéphanie Léger

Continuity supervisor :

Brigitte Tijou

Music Composer :

Martin Wheeler

Costume designer :

Agnès Falque

Assistant Director :

Christophe Jeauffroy

Director of photography :

Jeanne Lapoirie

Camera Operator :

Richard Mercier

Press Attaché (film) :

André-Paul Ricci

Sound editor :

Valérie Deloof

Production Designer :

Mathieu Menut

Casting :

Brigitte Moidon

Sound Mixer :

Fabrice Conesa Alcolea

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Feature film

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100% French (France)

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1 h 50 min

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Dolby SR

Rating restrictions :

Under 12

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Rotterdam International Film Festival - 2005

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Cannes Film Market - 2004

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