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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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Thérèse
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Brissot
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Yves Pouët
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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  »

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

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$181,798 (USA) (9 January 2004)
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Michèle Charpin-Vasseur: A week living like hypocrites.
Aunt Line: Dear, we've been living like hypocrites for years.
François Vasseur: Let's be philosophical. People have lived like hypocrites since the dawn of time. That's what you call "civilisation."
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Un souvenir
Performed by Damia
Production CHANSOPHONE - RYM MUSIC
Lyrics by Oreste Rossi
Music by Fernand Capitani
© 1942 EDITIONS PAUL BEUSCHER
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A classical Chabrol film about the nature of crime
24 August 2003 | by (Istanbul, Turkey) – See all my reviews

This is a classical Chabrol film about the nature of crime. Chabrol gives major importance to the relationships in a family. The family is a normal family at first sight. But as the film proceeds we learn that there were betrayals, crimes and a murder in the family history. The grandfather has collaborated with the Nazis during the German occupation and has informed against his son and caused his death. Aunt Line was trialed for killing his father and found not guilty. Now Anne is the candidate for mayor and his husband Gerard is uneasy about his wife's political career and he seems to do everything to prevent her being elected as mayor. Love and crime are both inherits from one generation to the other. The woman characters of La Fleur du Mal are very interesting. They are strong, intelligent and giving. "Sooner or later one must pay for his/her crime" is one of the themes of the movie.


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