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277 Ratings

Zombi Child

Directed by Bertrand Bonello
France, 2019
Fantasy, Horror, Drama


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 the prestigious Légion d’honneur boarding school, a Haitian girl confesses an old family secret to a group of new friends—with unthinkable consequences.

Zombi Child Directed by Bertrand Bonello
A bit of a zombi film, a bit of an all-girls boarding school reverie, the film jolts our expectations for both through audacious cross-cutting and maintaining a silkily mysterious atmosphere of uncertain direction.
May 19, 2019
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Bonello packs so much history and culture and commentary into Zombi Child, expertly capitalising on the allegorical potential of the horror film, but he should have limited himself to the Boucheron lecture and left us to do the rest of the unpacking.
May 26, 2019
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For a project that takes on such readily combustible material—not at all short on red flags and potential pitfalls (some of which I’m not convinced he avoided)—it all feels unproductively sanitary, stifling the air and its emotional axis at once.
May 17, 2019
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