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The Flower of Evil (2003)

La fleur du mal (original title)
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.

Director:

Claude Chabrol

Writers:

Caroline Eliacheff (original scenario), Louise L. Lambrichs (original scenario) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Nathalie Baye ... Anne / Wife
Benoît Magimel ... François / Gerard's son
Suzanne Flon ... Aunt Line
Bernard Le Coq Bernard Le Coq ... Gérard / Husband
Mélanie Doutey ... Michèle / Anne's daughter
Thomas Chabrol ... Matthieu Lartigue
Henri Attal Henri Attal ... Fanny's Father-in-law
Kevin Ahyi Kevin Ahyi ... First Kid
Françoise Bertin Françoise Bertin ... Thérèse
Jérôme Bertin ... Volunteer
Caroline Baehr Caroline Baehr ... Fanny
Didier Bénureau Didier Bénureau ... Brissot
Yvon Crenn Yvon Crenn ... Yves Pouët
Michèle Dascain Michèle Dascain ... Marthe
Jean-Marc Druet Jean-Marc Druet ... Lab Assistant
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Storyline

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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for brief language | See all certifications »
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Quotes

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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References Casablanca (1942) See more »

Soundtracks

Un Souvenir
Music by Fernand Capitani
Lyrics by Oreste Rossi
Performed by Damia
Production CHANSOPHONE - RYM MUSIC
© 1942 EDITIONS PAUL BEUSCHER
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Good French Family Drama
20 July 2004 | by tommybassSee all my reviews

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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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

19 February 2003 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Blume des Bösen See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,419, 12 October 2003

Gross USA:

$182,163

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$7,587,959
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Dolby Digital

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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