The Revenant Poster Includes the Definition of the Word

So there’s a little film called The Revenant coming – maybe you’ve heard about it.

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Leonardo DiCaprio battles a bear, freezing temperatures, being buried alive, and all sorts of nonsense in the true-life story of 19th century explorer Hugo Glass.


The actor immersed himself fully into the role of a man who is pushed to the edge in search of an Oscar – sleeping wrapped in an animal’s carcass, eating a bison’s liver raw, and swearing off supermodels for months.

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But what does the title mean?

In reference to the film’s infamously-troubled production, at least one smartarse thinks the word is French for ‘living hell’.

In fact, it means “one who has returned, as if from the dead”.

Hang on, you mean like this?

The studio has helpfully included the definition in the film’s poster (this must be a first, right?)

the-revenant-us-teaser-posterPerhaps they don’t want a repeat of The Shawshank Redemption: the title confused audiences and is said to be part of the reason why the film originally did poorly (Tim Robbins still gets asked about his role in The Scrimshaw Rebellion).

The Revenant opens on Christmas Day.

4 thoughts on “The Revenant Poster Includes the Definition of the Word

  1. Great post. I’m reading the novel now and just read the mauling scene. I can’t wait to compare the two. In fact, I was thinking of doing this for the Lucky 13 Club for January. It comes out on Christmas Day. I know I’ll be going to see it! Sounds like DiCaprio is taking to heart Daniel Day-Lewis technique of total immersion. Great post.

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