Disturbing without seeming to be at first...I suppose that was the point. Begins with an awkward elementary school boy's lust for his teacher, and becomes something much more unsettling. PS I've rarely seen siblings get along so well in either real life or fiction.
All-in-all: a great look. The problem for me is the story: it does not seem to be able to focus. At first, it wanted to tell a story about the drama & horror stories kids are likely to create in their mind, but they find out it is not necesseraly inline with reality. Then this pedophilic killer comes into play to tell us what exactly?!: that these horrors are very real indeed, after all?
A well made film for sure, maybe a little too eager to depict the inner turmoil of a somebody's whose sexual urges drives them to very dark places. I would watch this film again, at some points the acting is beautiful, but maybe there isn't a satisfying final scene and it sags for short periods throughout.
With impressive long takes, a refined mise-en-scène and an interesting, almost fly-on-the-wall approach, this is a delicate look at a boy's life and fears as he learns about the world, but sadly the film gets lost with a tangential subplot that focuses on another character. http://www.filmotrope.com
Five stars for Philippe Lesage first feature. Les Démons is an exceptional film that allows the audience re-create or complete what they see through visually stunning long shots. The investigation into children psychology, and the fears we all have in that age are, also, masterfully treated. The role of music is primordial and very well curated.