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The Five Devils(Les Cinq diables)

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France · 2022
1h 43m
Director Léa Mysius
Starring Adèle Exarchopoulos, Swala Emati, Sally Dramé, Moustapha Mbengue
Genre Drama, Fantasy, Romance, Thriller

8-year-old Vicky has a supernatural gift: her sense of smell is extraordinarily developed. She has a passionate love for her mother to the point of creating a perfume from her scent. The return of her aunt Julia will bring back the secrets of her family in a violent way.

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The Playlist by Elena Lazic

The Five Devils feels like the inevitable encounter of indestructible drives, which send sparks flying both when they are satisfied and when they are denied.


The Hollywood Reporter by Jordan Mintzer

Mysius goes all out here, but her film overshoots its target by a few miles, even if the mise-en-scène is inspired and lead Adèle Exarchopoulos excellent as always.


Screen Daily by Lee Marshall

Buoyed by two outstanding performances – from Adèle Exarchopoulos and first-time child actress Sally Dramé – and shot in ravishing 35mm, The Five Devils is a finely-crafted drama-genre hybrid, let down only by the fact that the story is a lot less interesting than the themes it carries.


IndieWire by Sophie Monks Kaufman

Some viewers may be frustrated by the opaque way all threads are resolved. To the end, Mysius retains the sense of her film being a glistening and mysterious object, you can watch but can’t touch. Yet this intact mystery flows from themes too vast to ever be rendered fully transparent: young girls are prescient and love is fate.

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