The Five Devils Cannes First Look: Adèle Exarchopoulos in Dark Fantasy

Exclusive to Cannes, Exarchopoulos plays the mother of a girl with the most unusual gift of capturing and bottling other people’s scents.

The directors’ Fortnight entry “The Five Devils” revolves around a young, almost wordless girl named Vicky (newcomer Sally Dramé) who has a strange and extraordinary gift: she can reproduce any scent she finds, which she then creates bottled in a collection of labeled glasses. These trapped smells include those of other people, and one of them is her mother, Joanne (Adèle Exarchopoulos), with whom she has a parasitic relationship.

The film shares DNA with writer/director Léa Mysius’ (co-starring Paul Guilhaume) film Ava, a Critics’ Week 2017 feature about a 13-year-old girl who discovers she is losing her hearing. The filmmaker has a keen interest in the five senses (hence this film’s title), but also in domestic discord, as the reappearance of Vicky’s aunt Julia (Swala Emati) throws everything out of orbit at her little alpin at the foot of the mountains (the , taken by Paul Guilhaume in 35mm, hums with an otherworldly faint glow). Once Vicky catches Julia’s scent, she begins to experience traumatic memories that are not her own.

IndieWire spoke to filmmaker Mysius ahead of Monday’s Cannes Directors’ Fortnight premiere, and also shares an exclusive clip (below) of Vicky explaining her gift to Joanne. The film already has US distribution from MUBI, who will release The Five Devils after the festival.

“My casting directors choose a lot of girls, both on the street and through agencies, and Sally came to audition through an agency because her parents had already introduced her for a commercial a few months or years before,” Mysius explained of the casting Translator. “I filmed Sally in a group of three or four and when I saw her it was love at first sight. She had her big eyes and smile and she was just my Vicky.”

Because Vicky doesn’t speak much throughout the film, the first-time actor had to rely on body movement and physicality to express the characters’ beats. And Mysius had similarly worked with first-time non-professional actor on Ava, Noée Abita.

“I also liked that funny, burlesque side of her, but she had no acting experience; The reason I chose her was her face, her expression and what she can express through her body, but she didn’t know how to act. She’s very serious and committed, so we started working on her voice and body movements and training her voice,” Mysius said. “On the set, she revealed her true talent.”

Mysius added, “I must have a real taste and disposition for actresses with no experience, and I like the fact that they have no experience because in a way it’s like working with raw material that you can shape . It is very important for young children to forget about the presence of the camera, which happens after a few minutes. They tend to forget the camera is there. You don’t notice me anymore. It’s like I’m not there, and that’s a good thing.”

As for the fantasy high concept of her film, Mysius said she “didn’t want my film to be set in the world of the perfume industry. I wanted something more primitive, so I came up with the idea of ​​the little girl trying to capture the smell in a small collection of jars, especially her mother’s smell.”

She said her fascination with the senses relates to “trying to fill in the invisible, which of course is the opposite of visibility in filmmaking. But invisibility is associated with memories and also with dreams, and I liked the fact that once you put a label on that, there’s a sense of something tangible and concrete.”

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