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Caroline Eliacheff (original scenario) &
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Release Date:
14 February 2003 (Italy) See more »
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Nathalie Baye ... Anne Charpin-Vasseur

Benoît Magimel ... François Vasseur

Suzanne Flon ... Aunt Line
Bernard Le Coq ... Gérard Vasseur

Mélanie Doutey ... Michèle Charpin-Vasseur
Thomas Chabrol ... Matthieu Lartigue
Henri Attal ... Fanny's Father-in-law
Kevin Ahyi ... First Kid
Françoise Bertin ... Thérèse

Jérôme Bertin ... Volunteer
Caroline Baehr ... Fanny
Didier Bénureau ... Brissot
Yvon Crenn ... Yves Pouët
Michèle Dascain ... Marthe
Jean-Marc Druet ... Lab Assistant
Michel Herbault ... Le maire
Edmond Kastelnik ... First Election Official
Marius de Laage ... Second Kid
Isabelle Mamère ... Journaliste
Juliette Meyniac ... Hélène
François Maistre ... Jules
Jean-Pierre Marin ... Second Election Official
Yves Pignot ... Pierre Vasseur
Dominique Pivain ... Dominique
Léa Pellepaut ... Drugstore Saleswoman
Valérie Rojan ... Gérard's Secretary
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Nicolas Girard Deltruc ... Laboratory Assistant (uncredited)

Directed by
Claude Chabrol 
Writing credits
Caroline Eliacheff (original scenario) &
Louise L. Lambrichs (original scenario)

Claude Chabrol (adaptation and dialogue)

Produced by
Yvon Crenn .... executive producer
Marin Karmitz .... producer
Original Music by
Matthieu Chabrol 
Cinematography by
Eduardo Serra (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Monique Fardoulis 
Production Design by
Françoise Benoît-Fresco 
Set Decoration by
Fabien Belinguier 
Michel Mourgues 
Catherine Pierrat 
Costume Design by
Mic Cheminal 
Makeup Department
Françoise Andrejka .... key makeup artist
Jean-Charles Bachelier .... key hair stylist
Valérie Cancalon .... makeup artist
Franck Mendoche .... hair stylist
Production Management
David Crenn .... unit manager
Nicolas Girard Deltruc .... assistant production manager
Sacha Horvat .... trainee unit manager
Nathalie Kreuther .... production manager
Patrice Lhuillier .... unit production manager
Samantha Mialet .... trainee unit manager
Matthieu Vogel .... trainee unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Dominique Frizat .... second assistant director
Vincent Guillerminet .... trainee assistant director
Cécile Maistre .... first assistant director
Art Department
Pierre Coudeneau .... construction manager
Véronique Coudert .... assistant tapestry maker
Pierrot Galliard .... property master
Julien Grisot .... props
Thierry Lautout .... tapestry
Clémentine Léger .... painter
Catherine Pierrat .... set dresser
Sound Department
Denis Carquin .... sound assistant
Stéphane De Rocquigny .... assistant sound mixer
Michel Filippi .... post-synchronization
Lionel Le Bras .... boom operator
Thierry Lebon .... sound
Pierre Lenoir .... sound
André Naudin .... foley artist
Julien Naudin .... foley artist
Camera and Electrical Department
Claude Atanassian .... gaffer
Jean Atanassian .... electrician
Michel Atanassian .... electrician
Florent Bazin .... first assistant camera
Eric Bonnaire .... grip (as Erik Bonnaire)
Mathieu Caudroy .... Steadicam operator
Jean-Marie Delorme .... assistant camera
Claire Duguet .... camera trainee
Muriel Mayret .... second assistant camera (as Muriel Mairet)
Jérémie Nassif .... still photographer
Dominique Robert .... key grip
Michel Thiriet .... camera operator
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Laurence Glentzin .... costumer
Sandrine Kerner .... costumer
Editorial Department
Patrick Delamotte .... color timer
Pauline Flamand .... trainee assistant editor
Stanislas Moreau .... assistant editor
Georges-Henri Picaud .... trainee assistant editor
Olivier Rossignol .... assistant editor
Patrick Thauvin .... negative cutter
Nicolas G. Thiriet .... trainee assistant editor
Nicolas Willmann .... trainee assistant editor
Music Department
L' Orchestre Symphonique Français .... performed by
Laurent Petitgirard .... conductor
Other crew
Marie-Odile Arnoux .... production secretary
Aurore Chabrol .... script supervisor
Monica Donati .... press attache
Nicolas Girard Deltruc .... production assistant
Joseph Lasserre .... group man
Gisèle Vuillaume .... production administrator

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"La fleur du mal" - France (original title)
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Rated R for brief language
104 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:

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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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6 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Family Tree and Secrets, 9 October 2012
Author: Claudio Carvalho from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

After four years in USA, François Vasseur (Benoît Magimel) returns to France and his father Gérard Vasseur (Bernard Le Coq) welcomes him at the airport and brings François home. François meet with stepmother Anne Charpin-Vasseur (Nathalie Baye), his stepsister Michèle Charpin-Vasseur (Mélanie Doutey) and his Aunt Line (Suzanne Flon) that has prepared a lamprey for lunch.

The family has secrets: François and Michèle are in love with each other; Aunt Line is haunted by her past; and the womanizer Gérard, who has a laboratory and a pharmacy, hates that Anne is running for the election for Mayor.

When a leaflet exposes the despicable scandal of their family, Anne is afraid of how this will affect her electorate while Michèle and François believe that Gérard has written and distributed the pamphlet. After the election there is an unexpected death that will certainly affect the Charpin-Vasseur family.

"La Fleur du Mal", a.k.a. "The Flower of Evil", is a dark family drama about a family with many secrets, including an incestuous relationship and collaboration with the Nazis and a murder in World War II. The story is slowly developed with open conclusion, with another great direction of Claude Chabrol and magnificent performances, highlighting Suzanne Flon in the role of a very clever old woman. My vote is seven.

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