Les revenants

(They Came Back)

Francia, 2004, 35mm, 102', col.


Robin Campillo

They Came Back

Dead people come back from the afterlife in a small town in provincial France: a slow and silent procession that goes from cemetery to the town. But, no matter how apocalyptic it sounds, the situation is not gruesome or violent: those who return seem lost, as if they are victims of trauma. The mayor of the town decides to reintroduce them to society by giving them menial jobs, the only ones they can do because they are so disoriented. In addition, the returned can reunite with their loved ones. Like Martha, the mayor's dead wife, and young Mathieu, who comes back to Rachel, from whom he was separated by a car accident. But living together will soon become problematic… Robin Campillo makes his debut in directing with an unusual zombie movie, melancholy and delicate, from which a TV series was made in France. It was presented at Venice in the Horizons section in 2004.


Robin Campillo, Brigitte Tijou


Robin Campillo, Stéphanie Léger, Valérie Deloof


Jeanne Lapoirie

production design

Mathieu Menut


Olivier Mauvezin


Martin Wheeler


Géraldine Pailhas, Jonathan Zaccaï, Frédéric Pierrot, Victor Garrivier, Catherine Samie, Djemel Barek, Marie Matheron, Saady Delas


Carole Scotta , Caroline Benjo


Haut et Court




Robin Campillo


Robin Campillo studied cinema at IDHEC in Paris and, after his first experiences as screenwriter and editor, he debuted as director with the fantasy movie Les Revenants (2004). Together with Fraçois Bégaudeau and Laurent Canted, he wrote Entre les murs (2006), which, among other nominations, was awarded the Cannes Film Festival Palm d'Or and the César for Best Adapted Screenplay. He later directed Eastern Boys (2013), winner of the best film award in the Horizon section at Venice, and 120 battements par minute (2017), which won 5 awards at Cannes Film Festival, including the Jury Grand Prix and the Queer Palm.