‘Les Revenants’ and the Void of Reason

In an isolated town in France the dead are suddenly appearing in front of their old houses, knocking on their doors and trying to live again within their communities. Although it may look like a zombie, Les Revenants is not one. This is an intimate, beautifully assembly drama that stays in the thin line between fantasy and reality.

In the first and only season available yet, one different character will lead each of the 8 episodes from their point of view of their tragic past and death and their complicated (no)life. We will understand their motivations and how they feel about their new situation but there always be something missing, some hidden meaning that keep us away from the ultimate truth.

When one of the most basic rules in nature (dead is forever) does not apply, many things disappear with it. We can picture all the logic, science and reason with their threads interwoven in a piece of fabric that someone (the revenants) stabs. The hole that appears is not just that, is a connection between the known and the unknown, the posible and the impossible.


That truth beyond our understanding (beyond the hole of the fabric) floods the town in mysterious ways: scars appear from nothing, animals commit suicide, the town’s pit empties, and the outskirts roads does not let the neighbors go outside. Instead, they trap them into an eternal loop.

Characters (both alive and dead) will try to solve this by creating a new social order based on segregation: revenants on one side, “normal” people on the other. In the end, they will realize that the solution is not to separate but to create something new, something that brings them all together and erases the differences.

This is a great acted and incredible well shot TV show that deserves everyone’s attention. However, perhaps, the greatest aspect about it –which we also find in The Leftovers– is that all those unsolved questions are risen as atmospheric devices than imperatives that need to be solved in order to create a story. The story here is the lack of reasoning and answers are not (I hope) welcome.

The Homecoming Queen


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