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The Flower of Evil (2003)
"La fleur du mal" (original title)

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Three generations of a wealthy Bordeaux family are caught in the crossfire when Anne decides to run for mayor, thanks to a political pamphlet that revives an old murder scandal.

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First Kid
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Thérèse
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Fanny
Didier Bénureau ...
Brissot
Yvon Crenn ...
Yves Pouët
Michèle Dascain ...
Jean-Marc Druet ...
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Anne runs for re-election to the town council, shepherded by Matthieu, her fellow candidate and campaign manager. Her husband, Gérard, a businessman and philanderer, hates the campaign and feels vindication when a nasty leaflet circulates about their family history. His son, François, just back from the U.S., is in love with his step-sister Michèle, and she with him, although something is amiss besides their being cousins. Watching it all is their elderly Aunt Line, who has her own haunting memories. A death in World War II and a death on election night collapse time in the perpetual present and bring unexpected expiation. There's a lot to celebrate. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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19 February 2003 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Die Blume des Bösen  »

Box Office

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$12,419 (USA) (10 October 2003)

Gross:

$181,798 (USA) (9 January 2004)
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Aunt Line: Are you all right?
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Aunt Line: Are you all right? Do you feel like crying?
Michèle Charpin-Vasseur: I can't.
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Aunt Line: Please, you must help me! I can't carry him alone. Do you trust me?
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Un souvenir
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Lyrics by Oreste Rossi
Music by Fernand Capitani
© 1942 EDITIONS PAUL BEUSCHER
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Chabrol, through and through
5 May 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It is easy to see the hand of Claude Chabrol in this movie. This is both a good thing and a bad thing. It is good when the story is taught and lean and the nature of evil in the human soul is explored. It is bad when the music gets so heavy handed. The rim shot effects that I loved in Le Boucher are annoying in this one.

On the other hand Chabrol teases us wickedly. When it is over we aren't sure who is related to who, or more precisely how they may be related. Wicked man.

A bit of a guilty pleasure perhaps. It is too bad that there has yet to be a director to step up and take Chabrol's place. I loved the young people and as an American the takes on American tastes were precious.


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