Mais ne nous délivrez pas du mal

Les Fleurs du Mal is a story that never leaves me — on the contrary, it doesn’t let me go away — une histoire qui ne me délivre pas. Though I don’t think this is bad. I am attracted to those thoughts, to those people …

So I decided to watch Mais ne nous délivrez pas du mal (Don't Deliver us From Evil), which Oshimi explained was an inspiration to his Aku no Hana; a 1970-1971 film by Joël Séria.

At the same time, I created such a slightly obsessive music. After all, obsessions are the main characters of these stories. Obsessions — such as light for the moth, or darkness for those attracted to it.

Or like Aku no Hana to me.

A transitive closure of sources of inspiration! Baudelaire → Mais ne nous délivrez pas du mal → Aku no Hana...

A significant source of inspiration: Les Chants de Maldoror.

Now, I don't want to spoil the experience of the movie or the manga, though there is an event I need to highlight here; the one that closes the first part of Aku no Hana and is at the very end of Mais ne nous délivrez pas du mal (Don't Deliver us From Evil). Yes, the same event takes place, although it concludes very differently. This is the pivotal scene in both works:

Where does fiction end, and where does reality begin? Sometimes the boundaries between those domains are very blurred. Have a look at the Wikipedia page on the real-life event that inspired the movie: the so-called “Parker–Hulme murder case”.

If you want to follow the whole story of Les Fleurs du Mal, it’s here on PeerTube

On FunkWhale it is here:

This frame from Mais ne nous délivrez pas du mal brought my mind to a recent reading, the 20th Century Boys manga

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