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Review: Deliver Us From Evil

9 April 2012 11:50 PM, PDT | Shadowlocked | See recent Shadowlocked news »

Film-maker, Ole Bornedal's (Nightwatch, Just Another Love Story) disturbing tale “begins in the sticks [where] the road only leads backwards and forwards” in “a snug haven for smug people”. A female narrator walks towards the camera introducing the lead characters in the small town Deliver Us From Evil is set.

All appears hunky-dory as we meet Bornedal's cast in Amelie style character intros, until we're told “Anna is an angel but her heart is too big – Anna is going to die soon”. The children's innocent questioning of their mother (“Is it Ok to hit evil people?”) is another subtle indication the mood will soon change.

After learning of Anna's imminent fate, Lars' (Jens Andersen) first appearance leaves us second-guessing how he might be involved as we watch him drunkenly driving a truck; miserably thinking about his now pregnant girlfriend, Scarlett (Pernille Vallentin). Our helpful narrator reaffirms he's unbalanced (“Tired of »

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