The Swarm is a 2020 French horror film in which a single mother begins breeding edible grasshoppers to save her farm from bankruptcy. Soon she develops a strange, obsessive relationship with them.
Directed by Just Philippot from a screenplay co-written by Jérôme Genevray and Franck Victor, based on an original idea by Genevray.
Virginie lives on a farm with her children: fifteen-year-old Laura and seven-year-old Gaston and raises grasshoppers as a high-protein crop.
Life is hard: money worries and practical problems are piling up, tensions with her kids and neighbours are running high. However, everything changes when she discovers the locusts have a taste for blood…
“Suliane Brahim of the Comédie Française, recently seen in Olivier Nakache’s The Specials, plays the character of Virginie remarkably well, a force of nature that seems to be led to the rupture […] Combining social drama and horror, The Swarm is an excellent first film for Just Phillippot, who manages to make a poignant film of a great scenaristic, visual and rhythmic quality.” BRWC
“The cloud of illusions flies too close to reason … The French director must understand that the viewer sometimes calls for meaningful discourse by letting themselves be caught up in the spectacle of a show and anxiety-provoking tension. Everything here remains so easy-going it is easy to understand Netflix’s interest in this swarm for its international platforms.” Ciné Dweller [translated from French]
“Leading the cast is the excellent Suliane Brahim, a kind of superwoman who does not hesitate to do whatever it takes to avoid the failure of her original businesses […] The pleasant impression that its viewing has caused us makes us recommend it to lovers of cinema that’s not too gruesome. To those who don’t, tell them that they have the opportunity to see a movie that leaves a great taste in your mouth.” Terror Weekend [translated from Spanish]
The film premiered at the Angoulême Film Festival on 29 August 2020.
The Swarm will be available on Netflix on August 6, 2021.
Cast and characters:
Suliane Brahim … Virginie Hébrard
Sofian Khammes … Karim
Marie Narbonne … Laura Hébrard
Raphael Romand … Gaston Hébrard
Stéphan Castang … Eleveur 1
Victor Bonnel … Kévin
Christian Bouillette … Duvivier
Renan Prévot … Luc
Vincent Deniard … M. Briand
Clément Bertani … Le livreur de sang
Guillaume Bursztyn … Eleveur 2
Thierry Calas … Le livreur de serres
Raphaël Liot … Coach de foot
Nathalie Boyer … Kévin’s mother
Barnabé Bernard … Manu
Océane Bargeaux … Kévin’s sister