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The Five Devils
Vicky is a seven-year-old girl with a magically superdeveloped sense of smell. When her aunt comes to visit, Vicky finds out about a series of family secrets that explain the sadness with which her mother (a swimming teacher played by Adèle Exarchopoulos) lives with every day. The Five Devils kicks off from a fantastical premise in order to explore complex interpersonal bonds affected by a tragic event from the past. Women, in particular, have intense connections that are not always conscious or obvious to them. In her second feature, Léa Mysius picks up a possible tradition of films about children with supernatural powers, minimizing the usual horror components in order to delve into concerns of another kind—racism, small-town hearsay and intolerance towards same-sex relationships.
Léa Mysius was born in France in 1989. Her first feature, Ava (2017), premiered at Cannes Film Festival’s Critics’ Week. As a screenwriter, she has worked with important filmmakers such as Claire Denis, Jacques Audiard and Arnaud Desplechin. The Five Devils premiered at Cannes’ Directors’ Fortnight.
G: Léa Mysius, Paul Guilhaume
F: Paul Guilhaume
E: Marie Loustalot
S: Yolande Decarsin
M: Florencia Di Concilio
P: Jean-Louis Livi, Fanny Yvonnet
CP: F Comme Film, Trois Brigands Productions
I: Adèle Exarchopoulos, Sally Dramé, Swala Emati, Moustapha Mbengue, Daphné Patakia