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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Anne Charpin-Vasseur
... François Vasseur
... Aunt Line
Bernard Le Coq ... Gérard Vasseur
... Michèle Charpin-Vasseur
... Matthieu Lartigue
Henri Attal ... Fanny's Father-in-law
Kevin Ahyi ... First Kid
Françoise Bertin ... Thérèse
... Volunteer
Caroline Baehr ... Fanny
Didier Bénureau ... Brissot
Yvon Crenn ... Yves Pouët
Michèle Dascain ... Marthe
Jean-Marc Druet ... Lab Assistant
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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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Rated R for brief language | See all certifications »
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19 February 2003 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Die Blume des Bösen  »

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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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Aunt Line: Are you all right?
[repeating the line, louder]
Aunt Line: Are you all right? Do you feel like crying?
Michèle Charpin-Vasseur: I can't.
Aunt Line: That's good. You must control yourself and help me. Listen to me. You didn't do anything, you hear? You didn't do anything! We're going to carry Gérard to his room. Can you manage that?
Michèle Charpin-Vasseur: I don't know...
Aunt Line: Please, you must help me! I can't carry him alone. Do you trust me?
Michèle Charpin-Vasseur: Of course, Aunt Line.
Aunt Line: Help me then. I'll explain later.
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References Casablanca (1942) See more »

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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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Good French Family Drama
20 July 2004 | by See 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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