The Returned 2013

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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 Veronique 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.

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1 hour 41 minutes

The Returned

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Product Details

Genres Drama
Director Robin Campillo
Studio Arrow Films
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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3.2 out of 5 stars

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. J. Eves on 12 Sep 2013
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Already a fan of the BBC series, I was keen to see where the ideas had originated. The film is without doubt less refined, but it's 'matter-of-fact' approach to the problem is so realistic. There is no real conclusion, no reasoning why they have returned (and no attempt to explain) a very painful scenario with a returned infant (clearly the model for scary Victor in the TV series) and no really scary bits. So what makes it so good?
Its normality - to put it in a nut-shell, and this is what the TV drama also attempted to achieve.
Although slightly dated I will watch it again, I don't think there are any hidden clues, just what you see. It has certainly left me wondering about the state of humanity.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Smitty on 2 Aug 2013
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I ordered The Returned when on holiday in France as I'd missed the first three episodes of the Channel 4 series, expecting it to be the televised programme and not the original film. However, I was not disappointed and was intrigued from start to finish. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoyed the Channel 4 "The Returned" for a different slant.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kerry Herger on 11 Oct 2013
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A sombre view of all the problems that arise and the consequences that result when the world's dead "return" inexplicably. The tensions created and the attempts of the authorities to try and cope and hopefully understand the phenomena are well done. The conclusion, however, does not satisfy. I can see how the 2012 TV series adapted and created a far superior product from this film attempt. Worth a see but no help in trying to decipher the superior series.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jon Sween on 21 Sep 2013
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I bought this by mistake expecting to have got my hands on the recent C4 series. Although not what I had in mind this was a very enjoyable film.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Stephen E. Andrews on 18 Aug 2013
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This review is of the 2004 feature film 'Les Revenants' (in English 'The Returned', US title 'They Came Back'). The film runs for 102 minutes, is presented on the Arrow DVD in its original widescreen aspect ratio of 2.35:1 (16:9) in stereo, in the original French with English subtitles. The picture and sound are crisp and clear throughout.

I will add here that I have NOT seen the spinoff TV series, apart from the odd clip while channel-hopping during the shows' run on terrestrial TV. I hate watching TV series without having seen an opening episode, so decided to wait until I could catch a box set version. Being a lifelong enthusiasm of the fantastic, I immediately realised the story had a supernatural or science fiction element, since the word 'Revenant' has long been used as a generic term for people who return from the dead. The most familiar use of the word in recent popular culture is in Anne Rice's 'Interview With the Vampire' (1976), when vampires Louis and Claudia encounter a classic, ravening old-world bloodsucker in an Eastern European village. While I am reasomably expert on the fantastic in literatire and film (having published two books on the subject), I have no views on the series so won't be making a comparison with it - instead, I'm judging the film on its own merits. In considering the film as part of the 'zombie' subgenre, I'd direct readers to my review of the MGM DVD of 'The Last Man on Earth'/'Panic in Year Zero' here on Amazon UK, which outlines the early history of what is erroneously called the 'zombie' film.

The plot: Without explanation, 70 million people, some dead for a decade, appear alive and physically restored. In an unnamed French town, we see the revenants walking through the streets calmly, in droves, mostly wearing light-coloured clothing.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By scottie on 1 Jan 2014
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good french thriller, but not as good as the tv series.the tv series had more happening as the story went on each week
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By christine siddall on 13 Oct 2013
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The continuity guy on TV said - you need to watch this again - you've probably missed some things...so this is worth watching to see how the characters appear from the start. The acting is superb and the atmosphere compelling.
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I loved this TV show but it started with this film. Its really rather the same as the tv show with its pace and excellant acting. Im not sure how its connected because it doesnt end as the show began

excellant
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