Zombi Child

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Synopsis

The latest from French master Bertrand Bonello (Saint Laurent, Nocturama) - Zombi Child is an audacious & cunning (Little White Lies) new take on classic horror tropes that poses timely and provocative questions...a zombi drama that's not undead but bracingly alive" (Screen Daily). Haiti, 1962. A man is brought back from the dead only to be sent to the living hell of the sugarcane fields. In Paris, 55 years later, at a prestigious all-girls boarding school, Melissa, a young Haitian teenager, confesses an old family secret to a group of new friends - never imagining that this strange tale will convince a heartbroken classmate to do the unthinkable.

Cast

  • Louise Labeque
  • Wislanda Louimat
  • Katiana Milfort
  • Mackenson Bijou
  • Adilé David
  • Ninon François
  • Mathilde Riu
  • Ginite Popote
  • Néhémy Pierre-Dahomey
  • Sayyid El Alami

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Metacritic

90
May 24, 2019

Mixing political commentary, ethnography, teenage melodrama and genre horror, the film is an unashamedly cerebral study of multiple themes – colonialism, revolution, liberalism, racial difference and female desire - with its unconventional narrative structure taking us on a journey that’s as intellectually demanding as it is compelling.

Jonathan Romney
Screen Daily
60
May 24, 2019

The result feels like two incomplete movies in one, neither of them fully satisfying in the end. Still, there are some graceful moments scattered throughout, especially in the Haitian sequences, while it’s also rather refreshing to see a brand new take on a subject that’s been worked to death elsewhere.

Metacritic review by Jordan Mintzer
Jordan Mintzer
The Hollywood Reporter
88
May 17, 2019

Bertrand Bonello’s quixotic, slow-burn genre film is political largely in the abstract.

Metacritic review by Sam C. Mac
Sam C. Mac
Slant Magazine