Don't Deliver Us from Evil

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Don't Deliver Us from Evil
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Directed by Joël Séria
Produced by Bernard Legargeant
Ken Legargeant
Romaine Legargeant
Joël Séria
Written by Joël Séria
Starring Jeanne Goupil
Catherine Wagener
Music by Claude Germain
Dominique Ney
Cinematography Marcel Combes
Edited by Philippe Gosselet
Société Générale de Production
Productions Tanit
Distributed by Antony Balch Films (UK)
Release dates
  • 5 April 1971 (1971-04-05) (Cannes)
Running time
101 minutes[1]
Country France
Language French

Don't Deliver Us from Evil (original title: Mais ne nous délivrez pas du mal) is a 1971 French film directed by Joël Séria. It is loosely based on the Parker–Hulme murder case of 1954.


Two young convent girls named Anne and Lore become friends and decide to spend the summer together. The pair read salacious novels together and engage in malicious rebellion. They store sacramental bread from church and prepare the abandoned chapel in Anne's château for a ceremony in which they dedicate themselves to Satan. They kill the pet birds of Anne's groundskeeper, seduce a farmer and release his cows, as well as set fire to his home, and ultimately kill a man that they invite to the château when he tries to rape Lore. When a detective is sent and he finds clues linking them to the murder, the pair is convinced that the man's body will be discovered and immolate themselves at a recital while reading poems by Baudelaire.


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