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The Devils (2002)

Les diables (original title)
The siblings Joseph and Chloé are 12 and have just been placed on another children's home. For years they were on the same or separate homes or on the run together. Chloé is an autist. She ... See full summary »


Christophe Ruggia
6 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »




Credited cast:
Adèle Haenel ... Chloé
Vincent Rottiers ... Joseph
Rochdy Labidi Rochdy Labidi ... Karim
Jacques Bonnaffé ... Doran
Aurélia Petit Aurélia Petit ... La mère de Joseph
Galamelah Lagra Galamelah Lagra ... Djamel (as Galamelah Lagraa)
Dominique Reymond Dominique Reymond ... La directrice
Frédéric Pierrot ... L'homme de la maison
Danielle Ambry Danielle Ambry ... La femme de la maison
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Azouz Begag Azouz Begag
Omar Bekhaled Omar Bekhaled
Laurence Cormerais
Laurent Dallias Laurent Dallias ... Policeman
Amaury Delobre Amaury Delobre ... François
Khereddine Ennasri Khereddine Ennasri


The siblings Joseph and Chloé are 12 and have just been placed on another children's home. For years they were on the same or separate homes or on the run together. Chloé is an autist. She does not talk, feels panic when touched, and eats only when told so. Joseph dearly loves her and firmly thinks she needs him. The child psychiatrist agrees that he has a very positive influence. Joseph dreams that Chloé will recover if they find their parents. The psychiatrist finds the mother. But she is also an autist. When the children were one year old she left them on the street just from an impulse. This is the first crack of Joseph's dream. The children escape from this home. When they are caught next time Chloé is send to a mental hospital. The same thing is about to happen to Joseph after a suicidal attempt in the police arrest. Because of his friendship with the gang leader lots of children liberate him on the way. With much violence they also liberate Chloé. Eventually Joseph will have ... Written by Max Scharnberg, Stockholm, Sweden

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In 2019, Adele Haenel came forward and accused director Christophe Ruggia of sexually harassing her during the filming of this movie. She was 12 at the time and nude in many scenes. Haenel claimed she was subjected to "forced kisses on the neck" and "repeated touching" from the film-maker who became obsessed with her. Ruggia at first strongly denied he had done anything wrong, but after being expelled from the French directors' guild he once led, he admitted to having made "errors," and said he did not see that his adulation and the "hopes I placed in her" might be distressing for her, given her young age. He then asked for her forgiveness. See more »

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UK Version: 12 seconds were cut in requirement with the Protection of Children Act 1978. See more »

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25 January 2006 | by lobster_fightSee all my reviews

To Karl, who practically took a swing at the director of this fabulous film, honestly you have no idea.

Please do tell me why this film was so bad? I found it inspiring and uplifting in a sense. I myself have an autistic brother and your dreadful use of the word "feral" was quite offensive.

To say it was one of the worst films you have ever seen is a complete utter joke. The director and actors have put countless hours into this film and the intriguing storyline was moving. Many movies out there either have no storyline or lack of effort in not only the directing of the film but the lack of professionalism on the actors behalf.

Again, I think you need to look at this film from a different angle as it seems you have only looked at it from a selfish point of view.

For the record, I thought it was an astounding film, absolutely magnificent performances by Vincent and Adele. Top work!

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11 September 2002 (France) See more »

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2.35 : 1
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