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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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Anne Charpin-Vasseur:You look upset.
Matthieu Lartigue:I imagine I do. Something awkward has cropped up. We should talk in private.
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28 out of 34 people found the following review useful.
Good French Family Drama, 20 July 2004
Author: tommybass from New York, NY

This is a 100% French movie possibly not ever intended for American viewers. However, being the francophile that I am, I dug up "Flower of Evil" at my local library and proceeded to view it with much anticipation. Nathalie Baye is one of my favorite French actresses.

The story moves along a little slow but the mood of the film is enticing and it leads you to believe that something dark is lurking just beneath the surface.

That dark stuff emerges later on in various subplots while the entire plot does thicken up a bit with good tension. I felt a bit let down when it came time for a climax but I wouldn't dismiss this film because of that, I really enjoyed the superb acting, fine character development, and otherwise gripping story, a characteristic of many French dramas. Maybe some of the subtlety was just lost on me, but I liked the fact that you're never sure who's good or bad, but you end up feeling for each character.

"La Fleur du Mal" is a film for serious film watchers and/or students of acting or drama, and not for mindless entertainment.

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