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 date
  • 5 April 1971 (1971-04-05) (Cannes)
Running time
101 minutes[1]
Country France
Language French

Don't Deliver Us from Evil (French: 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.


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.


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