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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


    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?

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    Haut et Court

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    France 3 Cinéma, Gimages

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    Haut et Court

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    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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    Runtime :

    1 h 50 min

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    Dolby SR

    Rating restrictions :

    Under 12

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