• Name: Les affamés (aka The Ravenous)
• Year: 2017
• Country: Canada
• Director: Robin Aubert
• Main cast: Marc-André Grondin, Monia Chokri, Charlotte St-Martin
• Runtime: 100 minutes
• Production company: La Maison de Prod, Christal Films Distribution, Téléfilm Canada
Robin Aubert, director from Québec, came to Sitges to present his last zombie movie Les affamés, or The Ravenous as in the English translation of the title. Very moved to have the chance to be in such a festival, he pointed out his decision to take a different approach to the zombie genre, and instead of focusing on the origins of the infection or on the sickness and zombies, he was much more interested in portraying the human survivors and their daily lives in that new forced environment.
Revealing in an interview that he sometimes feels more scared by people than by zombies, the director choice of the original departure point and the successive touches of comedy (with a very “comédie française” humor inspiration) certainly make of his new film a special achievement in the zombie’s collection. Don’t expect to find gore, mystery thriller, or lots of action: it’s all much more in the line of conversations and daily life in survival mode. Nevertheless, the humanity that is detached from the story (even in the zombies stacks of furniture) makes of this movie an original audiovisual experience. A kind of mixture between George A. Romero and the Monty Phyton, this not knowing whether you should laugh or be afraid may also bring you to a baffling situation that can lead either to love or hate the film.
For my particular taste, maybe influenced by being a bit too tired when I watched it, the film was too slow and didn’t connect with my humor, so I didn’t properly got into it and enjoyed it. Despite of this my opinion, I believe it should be given a chance, for the sake of bringing a different approach to such a hackneyed genre as the zombie one, and now that you’re warned about what you can expect of it, maybe you’ll enjoy it much more than I did.
IMDB URL: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt6243140
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