Les Diables


Time Out says

Ruggia's follow-up to Le Gône du Chaâba maintains the writer/director's focus on children's experience, following two abandoned and angry teen siblings (Rottiers and Haenel) through the countryside around Marseille in constant flight from the yoke of adult authority. The boy, Joseph, tends to be hounded as a juvenile delinquent, but it's his autistic sister Chloé who's deemed in need of official care. Initially, with Chloé wrapped up in her haphophobia (fear of touch), their aim is to track down their mythologised home, but as the blows and frustrations keep coming, they visibly mature, carrying the film from Los Olvidados territory to something more like an underclass Rebel Without a Cause. Familiar fare, and a little unguided, but played with fierce conviction by the two leads, and directed with admirable, open-handed conviction.

By: NB


Release details

106 mins

Cast and crew

Christophe Ruggia
Christophe Ruggia, Olivier Lorelle
Vincent Rottiers
Adèle Haenel
Aurélia Petit
Jacques Bonnaffé
Rochdy Labidi
Dominique Reymond
Frédéric Pierrot
François Negret
Omar Bekhaled
Bernard Villanueva
Galamelah Lagraa
Danielle Ambry
Mehdi Laribi
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