Zombi Child

Showings

O Cinema South Beach Fri, Feb 28 7:00 PM
O Cinema South Beach Sat, Feb 29 3:00 PM
O Cinema South Beach Sat, Feb 29 5:00 PM
O Cinema South Beach Sat, Feb 29 7:00 PM
O Cinema South Beach Sun, Mar 1 7:00 PM
O Cinema South Beach Mon, Mar 2 7:00 PM
O Cinema South Beach Tue, Mar 3 7:00 PM
O Cinema South Beach Wed, Mar 4 7:00 PM
O Cinema South Beach Thu, Mar 5 7:00 PM

Description

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 – never imagining that this strange tale will convince a heartbroken classmate to do the unthinkable.

 

After giving multiple shots to the arm of contemporary French cinema with such audacious films as House of ToleranceSaint Laurent, and Nocturama, Bertrand Bonello injects urgency and history into the well-worn walking-dead genre with this unconventional plunge into horror-fantasy. Bonello moves fluidly between 1962 Haiti, where a young man known as Clairvius Narcisse (Mackenson Bijou), made into a zombie by his resentful brother, ends up working as a slave in the sugar cane fields, and a contemporary Paris girls’ boarding school, where a white teenage girl (Louise Labèque) befriends Clairvius’s direct descendant (Wislanda Louimat), who was orphaned in the 2010 Haiti earthquake. These two disparate strands ultimately come together in a film that evokes Jacques Tourneur more than George Romero, and feverishly dissolves boundaries of time and space as it questions colonialist mythmaking.

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