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Sweet Evil (2010)

L'enfance du mal (original title)
Fifteen year-old Celine has run away from her host family and is sleeping rough in the garden house of a luxury villa, making money on the streets with the aid of boyfriend Romain, who ... See full summary »


Olivier Coussemacq
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Cast overview:
Anaïs Demoustier ... Céline
Pascal Greggory ... Henri / Husband
Ludmila Mikaël ... Nathalie / Wife
Sylvain Dieuaide Sylvain Dieuaide ... Romain / Céline's boyfriend
Aurélia Petit Aurélia Petit ... La mère de Céline / Celine's mother
Hubert Saint-Macary Hubert Saint-Macary ... L'avocat / The lawyer
Jacky Lambert Jacky Lambert ... L'homme agressé / The aggressed man
Catherine Benguigui Catherine Benguigui ... La greffière / Clerk
Jacques Nourdin Jacques Nourdin ... Le juge pour enfants / The judge for children
Hassan Koubba ... Le serveur du snack / The snack server
Annette Trumelle Annette Trumelle ... La Mère de Romain / Romain's Mother
Alexis Kavyrchine Alexis Kavyrchine ... Le médecin / Doctor


Fifteen year-old Celine has run away from her host family and is sleeping rough in the garden house of a luxury villa, making money on the streets with the aid of boyfriend Romain, who works at the local pet shop but whose nighttime hobby is killing dogs and stealing their collars. Celine is eventually discovered by the owner of the house, local Judge Henri, who despite initial reluctance of his wife, Nathalie takes the girl in and offers her shelter. Celine is the picture of coy charm and wins over the childless couple, though gradually begins to sexually manipulate the judge, who eventually finds the lure of young flesh too tempting. His wife is impressed by Celine's appearance of wanting independence and to create a new life for herself. But things are not quite as they seem. Celine's mother is in prison - sentenced by the good judge himself - and she is plotting a way to get her released. She preys on the couple's weaknesses, with her apparent innocence the bait. Written by lament

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Release Date:

12 May 2010 (France) See more »

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Real World Grit from a Girl to Avoid!
2 October 2018 | by TrTm316See all my reviews

Anais Demoustier provides a frighteningly believable performance as a 15-year-old who is badly raised and who lacks any confidence whatsoever in the righteousness of the judicial system. She lies about her circumstances to insert herself into the household and lives of a judge and his wife. Then, manipulating all those around her, she forges toward her goal with sociopathic indifference to the collateral damage.

With a supremely professional supporting cast and a simple, classic soundtrack, the ambiance stays just dark enough to keep the viewer worried the entire time without veering into the genre of horror. This is real-world grit, and very satisfying.

Unlike many French films I've seen, this one didn't leave plot points unresolved. It didn't jump forward while giving the viewer no clue to how much time had passed. And the subtitling seemed complete and error-free. Nicely done. I enjoyed it.

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