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Don't Deliver Us from Evil (1971)
"Mais ne nous délivrez pas du mal" (original title)

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Anne and Lore, neighbors and best friends, barely into their teens, board at a convent school where they have taken a vow to sin and to serve Satan. Anne keeps a secret diary, they read a ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeanne Goupil ...
Anne
Catherine Wagener ...
Lore
Bernard Dhéran ...
L'automobiliste / Motorist
Gérard Darrieu ...
Émile
Marc Dudicourt ...
L'aumônier
...
Léon
Véronique Silver ...
La comtesse / The Countess
Jean-Pierre Helbert ...
Le comte / The Count
Nicole Mérouze ...
Mme Fournier / Mrs. Fournier
Henri Poirier ...
Monsieur Fournier (as Henry Poirier)
Serge Frédéric ...
Le curé / Priest
René Berthier ...
Gustave
Frédéric Nort ...
Le facteur
Jean-Daniel Ehrmann ...
Le commissaire (as Jean Daniel Ehrmann)
Dominique Ney
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Anne and Lore, neighbors and best friends, barely into their teens, board at a convent school where they have taken a vow to sin and to serve Satan. Anne keeps a secret diary, they read a salacious novel, they get a classmate in trouble, they spy on the nuns, they set aside their communion wafers; they make a pact of devotion. Summer vacation starts: Anne's parents leave her alone with the servants for two months at the family château. She and Lore are free to make mischief. They are cruel as well and play games of seduction. As summer ends and fall term begins, things come to a head. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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During the Satanic Mass and the following Lake Scene, the two girls wear see-through dresses. During the Mass, one can easily notice that Lore is wearing black panties, but, during the Lake Scene, she evidently wears nothing under her dress. See more »

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shocks amid some tedium
7 April 2006 | by (French Polynesia) – See all my reviews

The pacing of this film is, well fans would say European, I'd say just a bit slow in a way that grinds on you. It's not poorly made or shot but isn't so well made as to overcome its low budget either. Now seeing it after the masterpiece Heavenly Creatures of course it seems less of a film worth seeing. This is a much different take on the material and completeists will probably be Glad they saw it.

There is some convincing animal cruelty in the film that is perhaps a bit too real and there certainly are elements that would draw the "raincoat" crowd to the film.

The script is a bit of a one note affair, supporting characters tend to pop up in a confusing way. Suddenly the girls are at a satanic ceremony, how did they find this local satanist, why does he go along with them? I don't know and neither will you.

But the film doesn't really stop to be exploitation, nor are the girls "hot" enough for it to work on that level. These are girls who aren't really beautiful yet, they've lost the innocent beauty of children and it's really unclear if they will become plane or even ugly adults or what? I suppose that's a virtue. The posters for the film certainly make it seem like an exploitation movie and it's not.

But be prepared for a sort of slow march to a memorable ending. Be prepared to be patient or use your fast forward button if you want to watch it.


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