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L’origine du mal

Orizzonti Extra
Sébastien Marnier
Avenue B Productions (Caroline Bonmarchand), Micro_scope (Luc Déry, Kim McCraw)
Running Time:
France, Canada
Main Cast:
Laure Calamy, Doria Tillier, Jacques Weber, Dominique Blanc, Suzanne Clément, Céleste Brunnquell, Véronique Ruggia Saura
Sébastien Marnier
Romain Carcanade
Valentin Féron, Jean-Baptiste Beaudoin
Production Designer:
Damien Rondeau
Costume Designer:
Marité Coutard
Pierre Lapointe, Philippe Brault
Stephen De Oliveira, Sylvain Bellemare, Hans Laitres, Bernard Gariépy Strobl


In a luxurious seaside villa, a modest young woman finds herself in the company of a strange family: an unknown and wealthy father, his extravagant wife, his daughter, an ambitious woman, a rebellious teenager, and their creepy maid.
Someone is lying.
Between suspicions and lies, a mystery grows and the evil spreads.

Director’s Statement

We discover the family through Stéphane’s perspective, which means that we begin with an array of preconceived ideas and then, over time, various realities come to light. I am pleased with the work done with the actors: their characters present an interesting range of monstrous personae. However, they never judged them, for they each bear a truth that is their own. The film is about the end of patriarchy, and the idea was to only have women in the story, aside from the origin of evil itself: the father. At first, I feared it might be too abstract, too unrealistic. Yet as the film became more precise in my mind, I realised that it simply would not be a naturalistic narrative. It was a fable of sorts, and I therefore had to see the original idea through to the end.
There are several different types of relationships between the film’s women: lovers, sisters, step-sisters, and grand-daughter... Everybody desires everyone without knowing how to actually love anyone. Yet it is possible to have physical interaction and tenderness in spite of the circumstances. The only thing the character of Stéphane ultimately strives for is to find her place in the family: that is the reason why sorority is the main notion underpinning the film.


PRODUCTION 1: Avenue B Productions
14 rue des Jeuneurs
75002 – Paris, France
Tel. +33 0148000235

PRODUCTION 2: Luc Déry, Kim McCraw – micro_scope
320-6750, av. de l’Esplanade
H2V 4M1 – Montreal, Canada
Tel. +1 1514844455
Facebook: @microscopefilms
Instagram: @microscopefilms
Twitter: @microscopefilms

PRODUCTION 3: Sébastien Marnier – Poison Productions
6 cité Riverin
75010 – Paris, France
Tel. +33 0648514728

WORLD SALES: Carole Baraton – Charades
17 boulevard Jules Ferry
75011 – Paris, France
Tel. +33 984102784

ITALIAN DISTRIBUTION: Andrea Romeo – I Wonder Pictures
Via della Zecca 2
40121 – Bologna, Italia
Tel. +39 0514070166

PRESS OFFICE: Claudia Tomassini – claudiatomassini associates -
International Film Publicity
Saarbrücker Str. 24
10405 – Berlin, Germany
Mob. +49 1732055794

ITALIAN PRESS OFFICE: Flavia Schiavi, Olivia Alighiero – PUNTOeVIRGOLA
Via Natale del Grande, 40
00153 – Roma, Italia
Tel. +39 0645763506
Mob. +39 3356793144 (F. Schiavi)
Mob. +39 3356303795 (O. Alighiero)

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