The Ravenous (Les Affamés) 2017 – Movie Review

The other day while lounging around I started a newly-added Netflix movie which was made by Canadian director Robert Aubert. About halfway through the viewing I heard a familiar meowing that I knew wasn’t coming from the film. Outside my door, my sister’s cat, Suki, was waiting patiently a few feet away from my door. We both looked at each other and then she pranced away towards my sister’s bedroom. I followed her (having the existing privilege to enter my sister’s room now), and sat on her bed where Suki followed. She only likes to lay on super soft, fleece blankets, and there was one downstairs in our living room which she always kneads on.

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Not Suki, but still cute

There was one in my sister’s room as well, and she trotted right up to it, gathered up some in her mouth, and started kneading away. I used to think Suki didn’t like me much because I have a rather loud “cat voice” (my cat Cassanova was nearly 18 and couldn’t hear a thing, so I’m used to that), and whenever I try and play with her I never seem to do it right for her.

But since nobody was home and she was probably fighting with my sister’s other cat, Wednesday, she probably just wanted some company and knew where I was hiding. I WAS INCLUDED YOU GUYS.

Anyway, I chose to watch Les Affamés since it was a zombie movie, and that’s the one horror trope that my boyfriend hates and won’t watch. I find zombie movies interesting most of the time, and the concept of undead people chasing me to no end freaks me out a LOT. I know that zombies are literally impossible in reality, but the idea is still spooky.

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The film begins by showing you multiple different characters and their different stories of dealing with a zombie outbreak in Quebec. Most of the time I find these kind of storylines confusing and hard to follow, but Aubert developed his characters uniquely and in a way that immediately makes you feel for them. And eventually, all of these characters end up meeting up and crossing paths, but that’s the extent of questions answered in the movie.

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The zombies had the most unanswered questions. If you want to know the whole backstory of why zombies do this and that, you’ll be disappointed. I kept hoping throughout the whole film that their mysterious rituals and habits would be explained, but instead I was kind of left hanging. The way they act is intriguing, just never analyzed.

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The movie received a lot of positive critical reception, especially for it’s cinematography (which was really quite beautiful) and humorous moments that it’s characters factored in, even in their times of extreme hardship. There was a lot of talk about this movie’s parallels and allegories to Quebec politics, but as an American citizen I am sad to say I don’t know much about what goes on in Canadian government. My boyfriend Eric mentioned how zombie movies usually are an easy, metaphorical way to express recent societal behavior. I’m sure there are a lot of deeper meanings and themes that this movie provides, but I probably don’t understand most of them. And besides, movies are about entertainment, and even with these subliminal messages there is still entertainment within this movie. Characters become your friends, and you continue on this survival journey along side them. However, I will say that this movie is slow burning and filled with a lot of suspense, so if you like fast-paced, in-your-face horror, this film might bore you.

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