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Sweet Evil (2010)

L'enfance du mal (original title)
Fifteen-year-old Céline knows more about life than is appropriate for her age. She wanders the streets, surviving, with the help of her boyfriend Romain, thanks to her defiance and ruthless... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
Anaïs Demoustier ... Céline
Pascal Greggory ... Henri Van Eyck
Ludmila Mikaël ... Nathalie Van Eyck
Sylvain Dieuaide Sylvain Dieuaide ... Romain
Aurélia Petit Aurélia Petit ... La mère de Céline
Hubert Saint-Macary Hubert Saint-Macary ... L'avocat
Jacky Lambert Jacky Lambert ... L'homme agressé
Catherine Benguigui Catherine Benguigui ... La greffière
Jacques Nourdin Jacques Nourdin ... Le juge pour enfants
Hassan Koubba ... Le serveur du snack
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Alexis Kavyrchine Alexis Kavyrchine ... Le médecin
Annette Trumelle Annette Trumelle ... La Mère de Romain
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Fifteen-year-old Céline knows more about life than is appropriate for her age. She wanders the streets, surviving, with the help of her boyfriend Romain, thanks to her defiance and ruthless practicality. She secretly sleeps in the garden house of a luxury villa, where one evening she is discovered by the owner, Judge Henri van Eyck. Despite his wife Nathalie's reticence, he takes the girl in and Céline gradually gains their goodwill and affection. The fragile balance of their mutual trust, however, comes in serious jeopardy when the web of lies the girl has told her protectors begins to unravel, revealing her real motives. Written by Karlovy Vary Int'l Film Festival

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French

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12 May 2010 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

I arhi tou kakou See more »

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Real World Grit from a Girl to Avoid!
2 October 2018 | by TrTm316See all my reviews

Anais Demoustier provides a frighteningly believable performance as a 15-year-old who is badly raised and who lacks any confidence whatsoever in the righteousness of the judicial system. She lies about her circumstances to insert herself into the household and lives of a judge and his wife. Then, manipulating all those around her, she forges toward her goal with sociopathic indifference to the collateral damage.

With a supremely professional supporting cast and a simple, classic soundtrack, the ambiance stays just dark enough to keep the viewer worried the entire time without veering into the genre of horror. This is real-world grit, and very satisfying.

Unlike many French films I've seen, this one didn't leave plot points unresolved. It didn't jump forward while giving the viewer no clue to how much time had passed. And the subtitling seemed complete and error-free. Nicely done. I enjoyed it.


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