The Swarm

  • 21 Aug - 27 Aug, 2021
  • Mag The Weekly

Netflix movie The Swarm will pique your interest if you always thought domestic dramas just didn’t have enough bloodthirsty insects in them. Director Just Philippot’s debut casts Suliane Brahim (of Netflix series Black Spot) as a single mom raising two kids and a lot of nutritious locusts. Inside-the-oven: a tray of crispy locusts bakes. Virginie (Brahim) has a buyer, but she doesn’t have enough product to satisfy his needs. The problem is, the locusts just aren’t robust. They’re not laying eggs, and Virginie can’t pay the bills. She has to hit up her friend and fellow farmer – of grapes, Karim (Sofian Khammes) for a loan. He’s happy to help, because Virginie’s late husband, a farmer of goats, helped him out. And there are Virginie’s children to think about, Gaston (Raphael Romand) and his older teenage sister Laura (Marie Narbonne). All kinds of pressures are mounting. Laura is bullied at school because her mother is a nutty bug lady and her dad was a goofy goat guy. Gaston is mostly happy because he’s younger and less aware of their troubles. Virginie secures another buyer, who’s looking for duck feed. But the deal falls apart and the locusts are going to town on a puddle of her blood. She keeps all this to herself, surely not because it’s a disturbing display of nature gone psychotically awry.