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Zombi Child (OmeU)

Bertrand Bonello
FRA 2019
103min
V'19

At first, the two plotlines of ZOMBI CHILD resemble different worlds, the first a dramatization of the (allegedly) true story of Clairvius Narcisse, a man who died and rose again without feeling or memory in Haiti in 1962, the second a teen drama set at a girls’ boarding school in today’s Paris, where Fanny is still obsessed by Pablo, her holiday fling. The rich greens, rolling landscapes, and wordlessness of the past seem to be sliding past the clean lines, droll chit-chat, and wall-to-wall whiteness of the present, although both protagonists are equally out of themselves. It’s Mélissa who provides a more tangible link, the new girl from Haiti who wants to join Fanny’s sorority and recites René Deprestre at her initiation, invoking those other millions whose bodies were stolen from them.
The links only proliferate from there, voodoo on Youtube, green mush oozing unbidden from a mouth, Mélissa’s new-found appetite, as Bonello allows the two worlds to bleed into one another, shifting between high and low culture, the kitsch and the uncanny, the direct and the oblique with consummate, mischievous ease. If this is a zombie film, there are zombis and zombies, old worlds and new blood, so many ways to possess and control, rebel or submit, now, then, and in between. (James Lattimer)

In the presence of Bertrand Bonello.

 

Credits
  • Adilé David - Salomé
  • Wislanda Louimat - Mélissa
  • Katiana Milfort - Katy
  • Louise Labèque - Fanny
  • Mackenson Bijou - Clairvius Narcisse
  • Ninon François - Romy
  • Bertrand Bonello
  • Jean-Pierre Laforce
  • Nicolas Cantin
  • Nicolas Moreau
  • Yves Cape
  • Anita Roth
  • Bertrand Bonello
  • Katia Wyszkop
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