The Origin of Evil
When Stéphane gets in touch with wealthy Serge, announcing that she is his long-abandoned daughter, his immediate family are none too thrilled. As Stéphane embarks on an extended visit in hopes of getting to know Serge, she also becomes entangled with the hostile women who share a tense existence in his beautifully appointed mansion by the sea: the restaurateur’s wife, his other daughter, a rebellious granddaughter, and a strangely off-putting housemaid, all of whom are clearly unsettled by the arrival of Serge’s newly announced heir. But Stéphane is a confident liar with secrets of her own, which writer-director Sébastien Marnier teases out with cool assurance in this wildly entertaining thriller that will keep you guessing all the way to the end.
2022, 123 Minutes, French with English subtitles, Rated R, Directed by Sébastien Marnier
"Cruelly funny, while evoking the spirit of that master of the French thriller Claude Chabrol, with hints of Patricia Highsmith and Ruth Rendell."- THE GUARDIAN
"Propelled by revelations, twists and a seasoning of sly humour, The Origin Of Evil is very watchable..."- Allan Hunter, SCREEN INTERNATIONAL
"Sébastien Marnier’s delectable comic thriller is expertly calibrated for tingling camp pleasure, but its fine vein of pathos drives the film home."- Caspar Salmon, BRITISH FILM INSTITUTE