Deliver Me

Documentary on the everyday practice of exorcism is a real eye-opener for those who only know the phenomenon from horror films.

Screenings

Director  |  Federica Di Giacomo

Italy  | 2016 

89 minutes

IMDB

With | Cataldo Migliazzo

Language | Italian

Subtitles | English

Deliver Me

Father Cataldo from Palermo is a sought after exorcist. People from all over Sicily travel to his church in the hope of getting healed. We follow three of them throughout this film: forty-something Gloria, teenager Giulia, and Enrico, who wants to get a handle on his aggression. Documentary on the everyday practice of exorcism is a real eye-opener for those who only know the phenomenon from horror films.

The prevailing opinion is that exorcism is not much more than a relic of a dark, superstitious past. And while watching the film, you can’t help feeling that the believers would be better off with a good psychiatrist and the right medicine. The irony is that the three main characters have already followed that path in vain, and are now hoping to find salvation in an exorcist. The opening scene, in which a woman starts to scream and writhe as soon as Cataldo lays his hand on her head, sets the tone for a documentary in which the camera rarely looks away and shows suffering in all its intensity.