The social drama component of the picture, in fact, is what truly jumps out. There are several wonderful family interactions involving Virginie, Laura, and Gaston, particularly when the two siblings tease each other. Laura’s persona is particularly intriguing since her frustrations are visible. Instead of falling into the stereotype of the obnoxious adolescent, Philippot and the screenplay writers have developed a deep and complicated character, aided by Marie Narbonne’s outstanding performance. Suliane Brahim, who recently appeared in the Netflix original French series Black Spot (Zone Blanche), gives her character a lot of complexity. Brahim’s performance conveys a sense of clout. IMDB
The Swarm is a fantastic film that deftly blends cinematic genres, part social drama, part horror, building suspense until the inevitable final sequence that gives the film its title. The film was selected for Cannes 2020 Critics Week, won Best Actress and the Special Jury Prize at the Sitges Film Festival in 2020, and was acquired by Netflix for distribution from Wild Bunch Intermedia. Capricci Films and Jokers Films collaborated on The Swarm.