Review: ‘The Returned’ on Sundance a no miss event, Oct. 31 (VIDEO)

<p>Imagine you bury a loved one, grieve and get on with your life. Then one day, the deceased person returns home mysteriously and they have no clue where they were or what you had gone through.</p> <p>A no miss television event will air October 31st on Sundance Channel. The supernatural drama “The Returned” is an eight-part French series created by Fabrice Gobert is based on the feature film "Les Revenants" by Robin Campillo.</p> <p>It will premiere on Sundance Channel on Halloween, Thursday, October 31st at 9PM ET/PT. It will air every Thursday night at 9PM</p> <p>A pensive and moody, downright spooky atmosphere is the backdrop for this film laced with clever flashbacks and character vignettes, all artfully woven together for a menacing edge-of-the-seat puzzle that is unfoldng in this bucolic hamlet tucked high in the mountains.</p> <p>Watch for superb performances by Claire Seguret (Anne Consigny), the mother of Camille (Yara Pilartz), the opening players in this town where the returning dead are stirring up the new relationships between the men, women and children they left behind.</p> <p>***image3:center***</p> <p>I won’t spoil this for you except for a few warnings of random creepiness, where a rotting rabbit is found in a kitchen trash can, a crazy keloid-like scar is growing in size on Camille’s twin sister Lena’s (stunner Jenna Thiam) upper back; and a lesbian medic who survived a gory knife attack, Julie (Jean-Celine Sallette) is dealing with a little boy named Victor (Swann Nambotin) who appears out of nowhere and does not speak.</p> <p>***image4:center***</p> <p>The taught, eerie soundtrack supplied by Scottish band Mogwai makes this entire series a freaking thrill ride of epic psychological proportions.</p> <p>The critically received series was a smash hit for France’s Canal+ and the UK’s Channel 4. The New York Times recently profiled outstanding foreign drama series and pronounced it “fresh and unexpected.” The Independent wrote “’The Returned’…is actually one of the greatest, creepiest, most compelling shows brought to…TV screens in 2013,” and The Daily Telegraph commented, “Probably the most stylish thing you’ll see on TV this year.</p> <p>Monsters and Critics’ rates it as one of the best TV series of the year on American television!</p> <p>"We decided to take zombies to a new and utterly original level— we made them French!” stated Sarah Barnett, President of Sundance Channel. “‘The Returned’ is smart entertainment that shocks and entertains at every turn. We think our audience will love how this series grounds the supernatural in deeply human emotions.”</p> <p>Official synopsis from Sundance:</p> <p>In an idyllic French mountain town, a seemingly random collection of people find themselves in a state of confusion as they attempt to return to their homes. What they don’t know yet is that they have been dead for several years, and no one is expecting them back. As they struggle to reintegrate with their families and past lovers, buried secrets emerge and new mysteries develop as they grapple with a miraculous and sinister new reality. But it seems they are not the only ones to have returned from the dead. Their arrival coincides with a series of gruesome murders which bear a chilling resemblance to the work of a serial killer from the past. The series was produced by Caroline Benjo, Jimmy Desmarais and Carole Scotta from Haut et Court.</p> <p>“We are proud that Sundance Channel chose ‘The Returned’ for their audience,” says Caroline Benjo, Haut et Court producer. “Sundance Channel represents a landmark in independent programming, airing bold and innovative TV projects from all over the world. We couldn’t have dreamt being in better hands.”</p> <p><iframe src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/EO_GkZp-LeI" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p>Note the date on this article may be incorrect due to importing it from our old system.

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