The Demons (Les démons)

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While Montreal is in the throes of a string of kidnappings targeting young boys, ten-year-old Felix is finishing his school year in the seemingly quiet suburb where he lives. A sensitive boy with a vivid imagination, Felix is afraid of everything. Little by little, his imaginary demons begin to mirror those of the truly disturbing world around him. Felix's story continues as part of Philippe Lesage's subsequent feature, GENESE (GENESIS), also available from Film Movement.

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  • The doubts, fears, and yes, horrors of life beneath the comfortable surface of a Montreal suburb are subjected to the quizzical, pained gaze of a sensitive 10-year-old in Philippe Lesage's laconic, unsettling The Demons.

    Dec 7, 2015 | Full Review…
  • Fevered imagination and nightmarish reality brush shoulders to disconcerting effect in The Demons, Quebecois filmmaker Philippe Lesage's extraordinary examination of childhood fears festering in broad suburban daylight.

    Dec 7, 2015 | Full Review…

    Guy Lodge

    Variety
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  • Les Démons is weakest when it is falls too self-consciously into ubiquitous cliches about gender and rites of passage. But ... at its best ... Les Démons is an extraordinary film about the coldness of childhood.

    Aug 25, 2018 | Full Review…
  • ... [director} Philippe Lesage has posited The Demons at the moment when a child begins to learn that the world is a place full of turbulence... [Full review in Spanish]

    Dec 6, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • The look Lesage proposes, has something painful in its conception of childhood as a bad harvest, a field full of possibilities of growth badly planted by the ineptitude (inevitable) of the cultivator. [Full review in Spanish]

    May 9, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • The result is something almost psychedelically meandering - or simply arbitrary and incoherent.

    Feb 20, 2016 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

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  • Feb 01, 2017
    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.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer

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