Zombi Child

Director: Bertrand Bonello
Year Released: 2019
Rating: 1.0

Fanny (Louise Labeque), a high school student, is distressed over her break-up with a young man named Pablo (Sayyid El Alami) so she asks her classmate Mélissa (Wislanda Louimat), a Haitian immigrant, if her Aunt Katy (Katiana Milfort) - who's a "mambo" (a "priestess" in Vodou) - can "cure" her of her woe.  Structurally speaking, it's "off" from the very beginning: Bonello flips back and forth between life on the Caribbean Island from the 1960's to the present day (vaguely examining the strange life of Clairvius Narcisse, who claimed to have been turned into a zombie) and then to a (relatively subdued) all-girls' school in modern France - the transitions couldn't be less subtle, and it feels like he's trying to cram two movies into one.  I guess he's trying to "comment" on France's role in the country from 1625 to 1804 but that's kind of glossed over (you'd be better off reading a history textbook or even just skimming the Wikipedia article on it) ... and the Code Noir of 1685 doesn't get mentioned (with good reason).  But above all, I believe Will Ferrell in Anchorman 2 said it best: "Promise me that you'll never go to Haiti."