Three cheers for the fact that The Returned is back, and that SundanceTV picked it up so we can watch it with English subtitles. The French series about the residents of a small Alpine town (both dead and undead) is a gorgeous, haunting character study that explores issues of grief, loneliness, and of course, the supernatural. It’s also occasionally terrifying.
In our exclusive clip from the upcoming episode, “Virgil,” the mysterious young man (played by Ernst Umhauer) coaches Camille (Yara Pilartz) on powers she doesn’t yet know she possesses. The returned are able to glean things from others about connections, histories, and anything else they are trying to hide. But Camille’s reaction to seeing Virgil’s death and other secrets seem to frighten her — is he a friend, or is he one of the dark forces who, like Milan (Michaël Abiteboul), have returned as an agent of harm? Check out the clip below:
The Returned airs Saturday nights on SundanceTV. You can read my review of the second season here, and read the official season synopsis below:
“The Returned” takes place in an idyllic French mountain town, where a seemingly random collection of people find themselves in a state of confusion as they attempt to return to their homes. What they don’t know yet is that they have been dead for several years, and no one is expecting them back. As they struggle to reintegrate with their families and past lovers, buried secrets emerge and new mysteries develop as they grapple with a miraculous and sinister new reality.
The second season of “The Returned” picks up six months after the deceased gathered outside the Helping Hand shelter before disappearing into the mountains with Simon (Pierre Perrier), Camille (Yara Pilartz), her mother, Claire (Anne Consigny), Julie (Céline Sallette) and the mysterious youngster Victor (Swann Nambotin). Since then, nothing has been heard of them or the police who fought to protect the Helping Hand shelter’s residents. In present day, Adèle (Clotide Hesme) is about to give birth to Simon’s child, part of the town is still flooded and the dam remains under surveillance, with the army providing logistical support for those residents who have chosen to stay. Rumors abound that the dead have returned, but the authorities refuse to believe them. The rare witnesses have chosen to remain silent or are not taken seriously, among them Léna (Jenna Thiam) and her father Jérôme (Frédéric Pierrot), who have not given up hope of finding Claire and Camille. But when a mysterious man named Berg (Laurent Lucas) pays a visit to the town, it appears he knows more than he claims.
New characters this season – Berg (Laurent Lucas), Milan (Michaël Abitboul), Audrey (Armande Boulange) and Virgil (Ernst Umhauer) – join returning characters Toni (Grégory Gadebois), Serge (Guillaume Gouix) and Lucy (Ana Girardot). “The Returned” is produced by Haut et Court TV for CANAL+CREATION ORIGINALE and written by Fabrice Gobert, Audrey Fouché, Coline Abert and Fabien Adda. The series is directed by Gobert and Frédéric Goupil. Mogwai will return to score the season two soundtrack.