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Il était une fois le diable - Devil Story (1985)
Il était une fois le diable - Devil Story (1985)
The French are known for many splendid things: filigree literature; brash, over-gesticulating women; odoriferous cheese; cloying food, seeped in buttery-goodness, and Serge Gainsbourg; they don't do horror; and they don't do rock music; with the lone exception of 'Trust', their rock music is a truly abject experience; which neatly segue ways into this singular, and wildly incongruous effort from la Belle France. If arch-poseur and irritating cinematic twunt Goddard had masterminded this turgid opus, it would be hailed as an absurdist triumph, but he didn't, so they don't. Gallic horror, is at best, not very good, really. (I adoreJean Rollin, but I consider him a master of Gothic erotica, rather than straight horror) So 'Devil Story' is a profoundly anomalous affair; whether one will actually enjoy it, depends wholly on said individual's low tolerance for all the grain alcohol you would have consumed prior to viewing this, whilst maintaining a vertiginous tolerance for the film's lugubrious pacing and profoundly nonconformist narrative. There will be those that LOVE this; along with an equal amount of irked individuals that won't.

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