Don't Deliver Us from Evil
|Don't Deliver Us from Evil|
|Directed by||Joël Séria|
|Produced by||Bernard Legargeant
|Written by||Joël Séria|
|Music by||Claude Germain
|Edited by||Philippe Gosselet|
Société Générale de Production
|Distributed by||Antony Balch Films (UK)|
Anne de Boissy and Lore Fournier are two adolescent Angevin girls who stay at a Catholic boarding school. Both have affluent and conservative families living in the countryside and on becoming friends and later lovers, the two decide to join forces in their rebellion. When Anne's parents take a long trip and leave Anne behind during summer vacation, Lore starts to stay with Anne at her château. They play some malicious games on two men: releasing the cows of the cowsherd Émile as well as setting fire to his home, and killing the pet birds of the mentally challenged gardener Léon. They store sacramental bread from church and prepare the abandoned chapel at the château for a mock marriage ceremony in which they dedicate themselves to Satan. One night, they meet a motorist who ran out of gasoline and invite him to the château. The girls seduce the man and when he attempts to rape Lore, he is killed by Anne. 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.
- Jeanne Goupil as Anne de Boissy
- Catherine Wagener as Lore Fournier
- Bernard Dhéran as motorist
- Gérard Darrieu as Émile
- Marc Dudicourt as almoner
- Michel Robin as Léon
- Véronique Silver as Countess de Boissy
- Jean-Pierre Helbert as Count de Boissy
- Nicole Mérouze as Mrs. Fournier
- Henri Poirier as Mr Fournier
- Serge Frédéric as priest
- René Berthier as Gustave
- Frédéric Nort
- Jean-Daniel Ehrmann
- Les Chants de Maldoror, which the girls read from and reference.
- Les Fleurs du mal, from which the girls chant various poems before dying.
- Heavenly Creatures, another film based on the same murder case.
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