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Don't Deliver Us from Evil (1971)

Mais ne nous délivrez pas du mal (original title)
Unrated | | Drama, Horror | 26 January 1972 (France)
During summer break, two bored Catholic schoolgirls vow to become Satanists and play a series of increasingly dangerous and morbid games.


Joël Séria


Joël Séria (dialogue), Joël Séria (scenario)




Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeanne Goupil ... Anne
Catherine Wagener Catherine Wagener ... Lore
Bernard Dhéran Bernard Dhéran ... L'automobiliste / Motorist
Gérard Darrieu Gérard Darrieu ... Émile
Marc Dudicourt Marc Dudicourt ... L'aumônier
Michel Robin ... Léon
Véronique Silver Véronique Silver ... La comtesse / The Countess
Jean-Pierre Helbert Jean-Pierre Helbert ... Le comte / The Count
Nicole Mérouze Nicole Mérouze ... Mme Fournier / Mrs. Fournier
Henri Poirier ... Monsieur Fournier (as Henry Poirier)
Serge Frédéric Serge Frédéric ... Le curé / Priest
René Berthier René Berthier ... Gustave
Frédéric Nort Frédéric Nort ... Le facteur
Jean-Daniel Ehrmann Jean-Daniel Ehrmann ... Le commissaire (as Jean Daniel Ehrmann)
Dominique Ney Dominique Ney


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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Based very loosely on the Parker-Hulme case in New Zealand, in which a couple of girls battered their mother to death. A number of additions have been made to this story - neither girl ended up a Satanist in real life, with one being a Roman Catholic nun and the other a devout Mormon. See more »


After the girls climb out of the lake, in the next shot they are running away, completely dry. See more »


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Imagine how upset people were when this was released
14 November 2017 | by BandSAboutMoviesSee all my reviews

Loosely based on the Parker–Hulme murder case of 1954 (which also inspired Heavenly Creatures), Don't Deliver Us from Evil is about Anne de Boissy and Lore Fournier, two post-pubescent Catholic schoolgirls that come from rich, conservative families. They're both growing up to be maniacs, thanks to a love of death poetry, mocking people, pranks, petty theft and one another.

They believe that when they are together, they are special and beyond the law, which allows them to escape punishment. Anne's parents go on vacation and leave her at home, which allows Lore to move in and their love affair to grow. Their pranks also grow, including setting fire to a perverted farmer's house, killing all of the birds of the school's groundskeeper and stealing the Eucharist and performing a Black Mass where they marry themselves to Satan.

There's a really off juxtaposition in the film where the girls use their sexuality to be adults and when men take it too far, they instantly appear to be what they are — really young girls. It's disquieting and upsetting in a way that no movie I've ever seen has pictured — before or since.

For example, when the girls attempt to seduce a motorist, he takes it as an invitation to rape Lore. Anna saves her and murders the man, who they dump in the river. A detective begins asking questions and the girls are sure they will be discovered, so they enter into a suicide pact. They know that when they go to Hell, Satan will reward them for their service.

In front of their entire school, they read a Baudelaire poem to a cheering crowd before lighting themselves on fire.

This film was known as "the French movie banned in France." It lives up to its controversial reputation — one assumes that the film was near incendiary when it was originally released. Yet it's not strictly an exploitation film. It's quite beautifully shot and has a definite message against the censorship of the Catholic Church and unfairness of the French class system.

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