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Zombi Child

2019, Bertrand Bonello, France, 103 min.
With Louise Labeque, Wislanda Louimat

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Show Times

  • Fri, Jan 24th 2:00pm
  • Fri, Jan 24th 6:00pm
  • Sat, Jan 25th 7:45pm
  • Sun, Jan 26th 3:00pm
  • Tue, Jan 28th 8:30pm
  • Wed, Jan 29th 6:00pm
  • Thu, Jan 30th 8:30pm
Chicago premiere!

“Bonello never drops the ball…leaves us hypnotized and hungrily begging for more.”—Ella Kemp, Little White Lies

“Peels back centuries of racist stereotypes to rescue Voodoo from the stuff of Black Magic and portray it instead as a kind of communion.”— David Ehrlich, Indiewire

The mysterious documented history of Haitian Clairvius Narcisse, who returned to life in 1962 after enduring eighteen years drugged into a zombie state, is overlaid with a shivery tale rife with the secrets and rituals of the supernatural. Under a plot built on possession and ulterior motives, director Bonello (HOUSE OF PLEASURES, NOCTURAMA) explores the wages of colonialism and cultural appropriation through two merging stories, granting the ceremonial rites of Voodoo the gravity of authentic religious practice. Orphaned by a Haitian hurricane, Mélissa (Louimat), fictional granddaughter of Clairvius and niece of a Parisian Voodoo mambo, attends an elite academy founded by Napoleon. The school’s only black student, she finds that popular classmate Fanny (Labeque) has an underlying reason for courting her friendship. In French, Haitian, and English with English subtitles. DCP digital. (BS)

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