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Ravenous (French: Les Affamés) is a 2017 French Canadian zombie film written and directed by Roben Aubert. Initially screened at the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2017, it had a short run in theaters and at other film festivals before being picked up by Netflix and released outside of Canada on March 2, 2018.

The film follows several groups of survivors in a rural town after the apocalypse: Bonin (and later Tania) who are associated with a makeshift commune, Céline whose journey has her cross paths with a pair of elderly women, and the journey of an old man (Réal) who is stranded without a car or possessions.

Not to be confused with the unrelated 1999 film of the same name.


Ravenous contains the following tropes:

  • After the End: After a brief opening scene at an auto rally, the rest of the film happens at a much later time. That is, after the zombie outbreak is more widespread. The old women tell the rest of the group that they saw fewer and fewer zombies for weeks after about a month, but also that the zombies have returned in larger numbers — presumably because "they're looking for food," as Céline put it.
  • Anti-Hero: Most of the protagonists are this once the film goes into full swing. They are very distrustful, selfish, and bitter. Noteably, Bonin and Tania are not anti-heroes, as they form a make-shift family with Zoe.
  • Bittersweet Ending: Bonin and Tania become zombies in the end and nearly everyone in their group dies at the same time, but at least Zoe survives.
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  • Black Dude Dies First: Vézina is killed early on while investigating some old friends in the forest.
  • Chekhov's Gun: Tania lugs around an accordion with her, though the emotional value is never explained. At the end of the film, she uses it to attract zombies towards her in order to keep them away from Zoe.
  • Cluster F-Bomb: Tania has a pretty dirty mouth, especially when she's ranting. She swears a lot after Bonin tries to leave her tied to a bed and she does it again after being attacked by a zombie.
  • Color Wash: A dull filter, typical to zombie films, is applied to the film's entire coloring.
  • Devoured by the Horde: The zombies will pick someone clean if they're in a large enough horde.
  • Do Not Go Gentle: At the end, as they are about to be overrun by zombies, Céline stands in the middle of a field, practically daring them to come at her, before slicing them up by the dozens.
  • Establishing Character Moment: Many of the main characters get one.
    • Bonin is first seen making rude jokes with Vezina on the side of the road. When they drive away, the camera reveals they were joking in front of a pile of burning corpses.
    • After being attacked by a zombie, Tania freaks out and swears at Bonin and Zoe. This makes it clear that she isn't fit for fighting.
    • Celine is introduced by driving to a residential area, opening her car door, and playing loud music to attract zombies. She then brutally kills the only zombie she's lured. After she calms down from the fight, there's a small child silently standing next to her car. Rather than seeing if the child is infected or not, she silently starts her car and abandons the kid.
  • Final Girl: Zoé, the little girl
  • The Hero Dies: Bonin becomes zombified in the post-credits scene.
  • Machete Mayhem: Céline's weapon of choice.
  • Morality Pet: Zoe is this to Bonin. While Bonin uses humor as a coping mechanism, Zoe brings out his light-hearted side as he tries to make her laugh.
  • Not a Zombie: The scene which defines the zombies' behavior involves a mother and her daughter standing completely still in the forest. Vézina investigates, assuming they might simply be scared stiff, until realizing too late that that's how zombies behave.
  • Our Zombies Are Different: The zombies portrayed in the film have a herd mentality and are generally territorial. If humans get far enough away, they will give up chase (if they're chasing to begin with) and stand perfectly still, waiting for others to get in range. They also build towers out of random objects, for some unknown reason, and gather around them when they're not doing other things.
  • Reality Ensues: The survivors learn this twice on their journey.
    • When they rest at a cabin, they find a note from another survivor saying that the city they're traveling to is infested with zombies. In a real-life situation concerning an uncontained, highly infectious epidemic, this would likely be the case.
    • The group travels to a bunker in order to find food and medicine. However, the outbreak started at least a few months ago, and when they arrive at the bunker, all they find are beds, sofas, tables, and a painting on the wall.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Bonin's relative keeps scaring Bonin and his party. The third time he does it, Tania freaks out and shoots him in the chest on impulse.


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