The Demons

A ten year old boy, prone to excessive worry, begins to succumb to his anxiety as a string of child abductions plague his town.

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  • ★★★★ review by javi on Letterboxd

    I’m deeply in love with everything about this film - and the three siblings are perfection.🧡

  • ★★★½ review by Milo on Letterboxd

    The Demons is another overlooked gem to come out of Mubi's catalogue and it's a Canadian French language drama from director Philippe Lesage who puts us in the mindset of a young boy Felix who is on the edge of adolescence. It's a slow burn and not particularly the most exciting movie that I've ever seen, but it's worth a watch if you get the chance, with a largely young cast of children (and only a few adult actors) really carrying the movie. Édouard Tremblay-Grenier (who shares no relation to Jacob Tremblay & Olympique Lyonnais' midfielder Clement Grenier) is impressive as Felix in this character-study, and although it may bore some it did manage to hold my attention for its runtime, which eventually builds up to an unexpected ending. The film itself gets progressively darker over the course of its movie as well, so it's worth bearing that in mind.

    Haunting and a rewarding slow-burn, The Demons is a solid film that might be my least favourite of the three films that I've watched on Mubi so far (with The Ogres and Parisienne both being the superior films, but it was a nice experimental viewing that was also particularly well shot. It may not be the best movie out there but there are far worse too, so if you're looking for an interesting viewing experience it might be worth giving this one a try. It's also worth noting that this film has plenty of excellent long-takes as well, that really work in its favour.

  • ★★★½ review by A. H. on Letterboxd

    Growing up includes realising the world is a scary place and some things that seem frightening from a child’s perspective turn out to be not so bad while new fears emerge we didn't see coming.

    10 year old protagonist Felix is trying to make sense of the adult world and his visions are nightmarish. The permanently uneasy atmosphere is complemented with blues music and shot in a naturalist style. Still there a many joyful moments to be had and it's overall a satisfying story.

  • ★★★★½ review by Adriii on Letterboxd

    Demonios interiores bajo una cámara depredadora (qué planos) y una música desasosegante. 'Les Demons' da para desgranar las intenciones de cada puesta en escena, de cómo elige ponernos en los zapatos del niño protagonista con esa narración visual, esa violencia fuera de campo y esa estructura sugerente. Está MUY bien medida y tiene mano tratando temas delicados sin caer en la condescendencia o el tremendismo.

  • ★★★★ review by Sergio González on Letterboxd

    Ciclo de Cine de Canadá.

    Lesage ofrece con esta puesta en escena objetiva pero inquietantemente atmosférica un relato sobre los miedos y la huella en la formación existencial que deja esa etapa pre-adolescente. La cinta se mueve siempre desde la mirada de Félix para ofrecer una sensación enfermiza y extraña de lo que, como espectadores adultos no nos debería inquietar tanto almenos en su primera hora, en la cual Lesage sabe construir una rica y psicológica mirada sobre el enfrentamiento y la construcción que un niño hace de la realidad que lo rodea.

    La idea que queda planeando, no poco perturbadora, es la de una infancia perlada de temores yuxtapuestos, que sin embargo no sirven como mecanismo para evitar el peligro real. Que sea otro muchacho y no Félix la víctima de ese peligro depende únicamente del azar, como subraya una escena que convierte el ritual de escoger miembros del equipo en una cuestión mucho más inquietante. Félix, ese hombre a futuro que vemos tomar forma ante nuestros ojos, se va definiendo en torno a inseguridades de raíz familiar (la mala situación de sus padres) o afectiva (una curiosidad sexual que deviene culpabilizada) mientras observamos, con un deje de impotencia, cómo toda esa confusión le convierte en un niño apocado, frustrado en su curiosidad natural ante la vida. Y, lo que es peor, en protagonista de thriller indefenso ante el auténtico monstruo.

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