Mixing zombie lore with mean-girl angst and a smart examination of France's colonial history, Bertrand Bonello (NOCTURAMA, SAINT LAURENT) expertly shifts between 1960s Haiti and contemporary France to meditate on the intricacies of race, class and cultural appropriation. In 1962 Haiti, a man is exhumed from his grave, brought back from the dead and forced to work on a sugar cane plantation. In present-day France, at an elite boarding school for descendants of Légion d'honneur recipients, rebellious teen Fanny (Louise Labèque) befriends Melissa, a new student who moved to France following the 2010 Haiti earthquake. When Melissa reveals an old family secret, Fanny becomes obsessed with her mysterious past and culture, seeking to use it to cure her recent heartbreak. Official Selection, 2019 Cannes, Toronto, New York and London film festivals. DIR/SCR/PROD Bertrand Bonello; PROD Judith Lou Lévy. France, 2019, color, 103 min. In English, French and Haitian with English subtitles. NOT RATED
No AFI Member passes accepted.