ZOMBI CHILD, from director Bertrand Bonello (Nocturama, Saint Laurent) injects history and politics into an unconventional cross-genre film. Opening in 1962 Haiti, the horror-fantasy follows the real-life story of Clairvius Narcisse (Mackenson Bijou), who falls dead on the street but is soon turned into a "zombi" when he is dug up from his grave and forced to work on a sugar-cane plantation. Shifting to present-day Paris at the Légion d'honneur boarding school, a rebellious teen named Fanny (Louise Labèque) befriends Melissa (Wislanda Louimat), who moved to France when her parents died in the 2010 Haiti earthquake.
Bonus short film is great.
Video quality is kinda flat.
Video - 5.9
Audio - 7
Movie - 6
Special Features - 7.3
Zombi Child is a fascinating look at Zombie mythos. Leaning hard on the French origins of the monsters, we draw parallels between 1962 Haiti and modern Paris. Sure, it was an excuse to throw in school girls, but it is what it is. I liked the idea of the movie more than the execution. Sometimes, that’s all I got.
The DVD comes with a bonus short film which is typical for Film Movement releases. Plus, you get an audio commentary from the director. The A/V Quality is good enough, but never quite cool. I’d recommend a purchase to the curious. That’s all I’ve got.