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"The Returned" on Sundance - Series 1 thread

Discussion in 'Now Playing - TV Show Talk' started by lambertman, Nov 1, 2013.

  1. Rob Helmerichs

    Rob Helmerichs I am Groot! TCF Club

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    That is correct. Although the movie was also called "Les revenants," and was called "The Returned" for the British theatrical release and "They Came Back" for the DVD release.

    I saw a review of the American show from some outfit big enough to know better that said the American novel was based on the French show, but they were wrong. It's apparently just an astonishing coincidence that two projects with the same premise and the same title came along. Since the French movie never gained traction here (I never heard of it until the French TV show aired, and I'm more up on these things than most), I tend to believe the American author when he says he came up with it on his own.
     
  2. Thom

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    The Returned is being broadcast on the Sundance channel again, beginning tonight (Tuesday, March 3, 2015).

    It is in French with English subtitles.
     
  3. Rob Helmerichs

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    By the way, the American remake is available for advance SPs... (OK, OPs, but I'm old fashioned...) (Is the Season Pass Alerts forum changing names to OnePass Alerts?)
     
  4. gossamer88

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    I heard the A&E version is practically a frame-for-frame copy. I will still watch it to see how it compares.
     
  5. squigy0

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    I'm watching the first episode of the A&E version online right now. Definitely very very similar shots (although I can say the same about Gracepoint VS Broadchurch).

    I'm bothered by their very pre-teen friendly soundtrack and a couple ham-handed shoe-horns that mildly change the plot, possibly just to make it more palatable for an American audience (i.e. a licensed doctor that drives a car instead of a questionably licensed pain doctor that rides a bus).

    I'm really bothered that Camille's mother's reaction just wasn't as dramatic as it should've been in this version, and some of the air of mystery is removed when characters are saying things that they in the original did not say but it read so painfully and perfectly on their faces (one JUST happened about 22 minutes in as I was typing this, which really stupidly blew something that was amazing and magical about the original).

    Some of the casting bothers me a bit, but Billy from Six Feet Under running The Helping Hands might actually prove to be a really good casting choice.

    I'm awaiting time to watch episode 2 to see if Simon goes to the "multimedia library" :p
     
  6. ADG

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    So far it's "Resurrection" ported to A&E.
     
  7. Rob Helmerichs

    Rob Helmerichs I am Groot! TCF Club

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    Oh, good grief.

    Aside from the fact that The Returned preceded Resurrection by ten years, there are really only superficial similarities.
     
  8. ADG

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    The first episode of the A&E version is no different from Resurrection IMO. I'm not talking about the original French version which did indeed precede Resurrection.

    What I mean is, I understand this is a remake of the original version, but since Resurrection is currently airing in prime time on network tv, it's difficult not to make the comparison.
     
  9. mr.unnatural

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  10. gossamer88

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    I liked the pilot. What's not to like? It's practically the same as Les Revenants' pilot.

    I gave up on Resurrection half-way through its 1st season. That was a poor imitation.
     
  11. Rob Helmerichs

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    Ironically, Resurrection is based on the novel The Returned...no relation. They had to change the title for the Resurrection series because of the French Returned series.

    The novel came out soon enough after the French TV show started that it couldn't have been an influence. It's possible the author saw the original movie, but he insists not, and in the US it was pretty obscure. So it would seem that any similarities are purely coincidental.
     
  12. tlc

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    Watched the 1st & 2nd eps of the American version. Nobody gets excited?!? The whole town is way too calm.

    Dead daughter shows up you just accept it?

    Doc finds mute boy and takes him in instead of going to the police?

    Dead boyfriend shows up you talk to him like he's in your imagination. Then he doesn't talk back and say "No, I'm really here"?
     
  13. BlueMerle

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    I just binge watched all 8 episodes. 5 out of 5 stars. Three thumbs up. Must see.

    Among the best TV shows I've ever seen. End of discussion.

    It was compelling, mesmerizing, surreal, creepy, intellectual, and above all else well acted. Vive la France! :D

    Ok, what I know about French TV wouldn't fill a thimble, but this was exceptional.

    I put it right up there with Twin Peaks and S01 of True Detectives. EDIT: I'll add Black Mirror to that list as well. /edit

    If you're into those kind of shows you'll love this.... subtitles and all. Trust me!
     
  14. dswallow

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    Les Revenants was really pretty good -- some minor nits, but from what I can tell there's a pretty reasonable chance what I consider a little nit now is actually purposefully done the way it is and we'll discover it later.

    The A&E/American version, The Returned, is off to a perfectly predictable bad-copy start. And it was, well, again perfectly predictable that the first episode is barely any different, word for word, scene for scene than the French version. Heck, the French version even has far better production values, which is saying something because usually French-produced/written shows historically, from my experience, more often than not come off pretty laughably bad in writing quality, acting and production values. Quite not the case here with Les Revenants.
     
  15. cwoody222

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    Why do so many remakes insist on copying EVERYTHING?

    A friend watched be US version without ever seeing the original and said to me "What girl would walk thru that tunnel? Was it a sewer?!"

    It works in be original cause, I don't know, maybe that's normal tunnel-fare over in France. But in the remake it just looked like a clear murder path.
     
  16. awsnyde

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    LOL, although to be fair, I don't think that would look any less like a murder path in France.
     
  17. Rob Helmerichs

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    Wow, what a terrible let-down. That wasn't a cliffhanger; that was pausing during a stroll down a gentle slope.

    For something that started as a shot-for-shot remake of a brilliant original, it sure devolved into blah.
     
  18. cwoody222

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    I rarely delete season passes mid season but this lasted like 5 eps for me. And I really liked the original.
     
  19. lambertman

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    Series 2 of the French original debuts on Sundance at 10 on Halloween night. There will again be 8 eps.
     
  20. cherry ghost

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    My "new only" OnePass wasn't picking up Season 2. I don't remember if "new only" worked for season 1 or if the change from Season Pass to One Pass maybe changed it to "new only."
     

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