Joël Séria – Mais ne nous délivrez pas du mal AKA Don’t Deliver Us from Evil [Uncut] (1971) (DVD)


Two young convent girls become friends and decide to spend the summer together. However, their innocent bicycle rides and walks in the country soon develop a much more sinister side.

Influenced by their reading of forbidden books, they decide to explore the world of perversion and cruelty. They find a victim and use their innocent exterior to seduce and destroy him. Once they have stepped over the line, they find it impossible to stop.And soon they are contemplating the ultimate evil act.

Hugely controversial, the film was banned for blasphemy and has never been released in the US before. It’s a film that should be viewed only by those with very open minds. Continue reading

Joël Séria – Les Galettes de Pont-Aven AKA Cookies (1975)


This original sexual comedy by the director Joël Séria, who also made the popular TV-series “Nestor Burma”, is full of unexpected situations between a man and women. A salesman of umbrellas, Henri Serin (a magnificent Jean-Pierre Marielle), is having sex with all the women of which he paints a portrait and which he encounters during his travels. While one is cooking in her kitchen, he is painting. Once he is invited but immediately expelled when he wants to unfold her traditional ribbon. Henri Serin falls for a very young woman which he can seduce while making a portrait of her. His only friend is a modernist priest (Romain Bouteille) who likes to talk with him in the local bar. Henri Serin does not think of tomorrow and lives “la vie d’artiste”. Life is beautiful and sex is life. Continue reading