CINE-CLUB – The Devilish – December 4th

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Date/Time
Date(s) - 04/12/2018
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Location
Alliance Française Auditorium - Free entry - Open to all

Categories


Plot: A second-rate boarding school in Saint-Cloud, Hauts-de-Seine, in the Paris metropolitan area, is run by the tyrannical and mean Michel Delassalle. The school is owned, though, by Delassalle’s teacher wife, the frail Christina, who immigrated from Venezuela. Delassalle also has a relationship with Nicole Horner, another teacher at the school. Rather than antagonism, the two women are shown to have a somewhat close relationship, primarily based on their apparent mutual hatred of Michel, who is physically and emotionally abusive to both, as well as unkind to the children.

Unable to stand his mistreatment any longer, Nicole devises a plan to get rid of Michel forever. Though hesitant at first, Christina ultimately consents to help Nicole. Using a threatened divorce to lure Michel to Nicole’s apartment building in Niort, a town several hundred kilometers away, Christina sedates him. The two women then drown him in a bathtub and, driving back to the school, dump his body in the neglected swimming pool. When his corpse floats to the surface, they think it will appear to have been an accident. Almost everything goes according to their plans until the body fails to surface. Michel’s corpse is nowhere to be found when the pool is drained.

 

Cast: Noël Roquevert, Simone Signoret, Vera Clouzot, Paul Meurisse

 

Drama, Thriller / 1h54 / France

 

French with English subtitles