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La fleur du mal (2003)

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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Claude Chabrol

Writers:

Caroline Eliacheff (original scenario), Louise L. Lambrichs (original scenario) | 1 more credit »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nathalie Baye ... Anne Charpin-Vasseur
Benoît Magimel ... François Vasseur
Suzanne Flon ... Aunt Line
Bernard Le Coq Bernard Le Coq ... Gérard Vasseur
Mélanie Doutey ... Michèle Charpin-Vasseur
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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Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for brief language | See all certifications »
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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:

$2,318,441 (France), 21 February 2003

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,419, 12 October 2003, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$181,798, 11 January 2004
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Quotes

Gérard Vasseur: Why should they go to Pyla?
Anne Charpin-Vasseur: We can't talk about it all night! They took her car. Can you drop me off tomorrow?
Gérard Vasseur: At what time?
Anne Charpin-Vasseur: Before ten, if possible.
Gérard Vasseur: [Referring to Matthieu] Can't your "guardian angel" do it?
Anne Charpin-Vasseur: He's kind, but he's not my driver, after all.
Gérard Vasseur: No, he's not. I am!
Anne Charpin-Vasseur: [Smiling coyly] You're my husband.
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Connections

References Casablanca (1942) See more »

Soundtracks

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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All in the family
11 November 2003 | by jotix100See all my reviews

Claude Chabrol must have been very uninspired when he decided to bring this boring number to the screen. It doesn't help that he and Caroline Eliacheff must have been speaking a different language. One wonders if they thought they had a movie out of the material they assembled together. This is at best a poor French soap opera with no sense of direction.

Better luck next time M. Chabrol.


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