Zombi Child, dir. Bertrand Bonello, France 2019, 103 mins., French with English subtitles
Haiti, 1962. A man is brought back from the dead only to be sent to the living hell of the sugarcane fields. In Paris, fifty-five years later, at the prestigious Légion d’honneur boarding school, a Haitian girl confesses an old family secret to a group of new friends – never imagining that this strange tale will convince a heartbroken classmate to do the unthinkable.
The latest film from celebrated director Bertrand Bonello (Saint-Laurent, Nocturama), presented at the Festival de Cannes earlier this year, Zombi Child is a formally audacious and thematically rich commentary on the scars of colonisation and cultural appropriation in contemporary France.