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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.
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.
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.
... [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]
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]
The result is something almost psychedelically meandering - or simply arbitrary and incoherent.
Easily one of the best Canadian films of the year.
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.
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