- The Origin of Evil is a satirical thriller that explores the themes of family, patriarchy and deception in a strained household.
- Stéphane’s revelation as Serge’s long-lost daughter throws his wealthy family and their life in a seaside mansion upside down.
- The film received praise for its twisted, subversive narrative and will captivate audiences with its dark comedy and thought-provoking themes.
Sebastien Marnier, the acclaimed director behind it school is out And Flawlesshas come up with a new satirical thriller that explores themes of family, patriarchy and deception. The Origin of Evil Stars Laura Calamy as Stéphane, a woman who reconnects with her supposedly estranged father Serge, played by Jacques Weber, as the latter nears the end of his life. After its premiere at the Venice Film Festival in 2022, the film won the audience award for best narrative film at Frameline47.
Per IndieWireThe story centers on Stéphane, who announces to the wealthy Serge that she is his long-lost daughter. This revelation is not welcomed by Serge’s immediate family as they struggle with the presence of a new heir in their extremely strained household. The story takes place in a seaside mansion inhabited by a cast of characters whose lives are profoundly affected by Stéphane’s sudden appearance. Among them are Serge’s wife, played by Dominique Blanc, his other daughter, played by Doria Tillier, a rebellious granddaughter, played by Céleste Brunnquell, and a particularly disturbing housemaid.
IFC Films, the distributor of The Origin of Evil, was excited to add Marnier’s innovative storytelling to her repertoire. The production was directed by Marnier’s longtime collaborator Caroline Bonmarchand, along with micro_scope and Avenue B Productions’ Kim McCraw and Luc Déry as executive producers.
Arianna Bocco, former president of IFC Films, told Variety that the film was “a quirky, subversive, and beautifully executed thriller.” She praised Marnier’s talent and expressed her willingness to showcase his “wild ingenuity” to American audiences. Bocco shared:
The Origin of Evil is a quirky, subversive, and beautifully directed thriller. Marnier is the perfect addition to the IFC family and we can’t wait to share his wild inventiveness with American audiences.”
The Origin of Evil: A dark comedy with a dash of criticism of patriarchy
Calamy, known for her role in Call my agent!described The Origin of Evil as “social criticism and metaphor for the end of patriarchy” and highlights its elements of “grotesque humor” and tension. She explained her approach to acting, emphasizing the exploration of human emotions without moral constraints, even when the character exhibits traits of monstrosity and violence. Calamy explained:
“I have no morals when I’m acting. I’m like a caver of human feelings, I try to understand my characters and I don’t limit myself in any way, even if there is some monstrosity and violence inherent in them, because these traits are part of human nature.”
With a plot inspired by knife outMarnier’s latest work is poised to captivate audiences with its engaging narrative and thought-provoking themes. Thriller comedy fans will experience a roller coaster ride of emotions and delve deep into the complexities of human nature The Origin of Evil. Don’t miss this captivating story of family dynamics, deception and the search for the truth.
Premieres September 22 in select theaters and on-demand, courtesy of IFC Films. The Origin of Evil promises a mixture of dark comedy and exciting drama.