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  • Dir. Léa Mysius
  • France
  • 2023
  • 103 min.
  • NR
  • DCP

In French with English subtitles

  • Assistive Listening
  • Subtitled
  • Hearing Loop

Eight-year-old Vicky (newcomer Sally Dramé) has a mysterious gift: she can recreate any scent she comes across, even that of her beloved mother Joanne (Palme d’Or winner Adèle Exarchopoulos). When Vicky’s estranged aunt suddenly returns to their mountain town, the invocation of her fragrance plunges the young girl back in time to unravel the mystery of Joanne’s fiery past with her now sister-in-law. The acclaimed breakout from filmmaker Léa Mysius (screenwriter for Claire Denis and Jacques Audiard), THE FIVE DEVILS forges a witchy and wildly imaginative fable out of family secrets and queer romance.

“Director Léa Mysius expertly crafts a queer, witchy thriller in her Directors’ Fortnight debut film…THE FIVE DEVILS seeks to expose the truth while covering topics that manage to make sincere, magical realist cinema with a message that the things we want will come to us, but only when we’re ready.” —Valerie Complex, Deadline

“In a film that’s a celebration of what’s unique to a person and the ecstasy of finding alignment with someone else, synchronicity both within the story of THE FIVE DEVILS and those making it becomes particularly rapturous.” —Stephen Saito, Moveable Feast

“Mysius attributes great mystery to girlhood, locating it as a source of losses and strengths that defy conventional understanding…. To the end, [she] retains the sense of her film being a glistening and mysterious object, you can watch but can’t touch.” —Sophie Monks Kaufman, IndieWire 

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