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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.

Director:

Joël Séria

Writers:

Joël Séria (dialogue), Joël Séria (scenario)
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Cast

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 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
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Storyline

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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Drama | Horror

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

26 January 1972 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Don't Deliver Us from Evil See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

This movie was also known as "The French movie that was banned in France"? See more »

Goofs

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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Referenced in Hellish Creatures (2006) See more »

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Not an easy film to recommend.
26 December 2014 | by sunzncSee all my reviews

I don't know if I can actually add anymore to what has already been said. The film is raw and amateurish at times. It certainly is no polished piece of work. The editing is abrupt at times which to me says the editor didn't have a lot to work with.

This is not a cerebral piece of work that will linger with you for days or weeks after you've seen it. Certainly won't change your life much. However, there were moments when I felt really uneasy about what was happening on the screen. It's understandable when you are watching a scary thriller or horror flick that you might not want to watch. This isn't a scary movie. It's just disturbing. When it comes to harming animals or babies most people won't want to watch. It's a bit troubling that someone on the set didn't draw the line at some point but this was 1971.

Does the film make a point? The girls here don't have much love in their lives. All they know are rules and the adult world is ugly indeed. They create their own fantasy world but when that turns ugly there is only one way out.

Hard to recommend but there are some moments of curiosity.


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