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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

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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Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for brief language | See all certifications »
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Details

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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?

Quotes

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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Connections

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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Not a bad movie, not a good movie
16 October 2003 | by peterlopezSee all my reviews

I saw "La fleur du mal" at the San Sebastian Film Festival last september. Certainly, this last Chabrol film isn't a great movie, though it's not an awful movie either. One has the feeling while watching it (and after having it watched)that it is all filmed with too much distance, too cold, no emotions whatsoever. Chabrol's study of a french, provincial, upper-bourgeousie family, that is rotten to its roots (they are all a bunch of hypocrites), lacks of passion, interest (you have seen this story many times on film) and, in my opinion, of humor and sarcasm. But I insist, its not a terrible movie(with ticket prices so high nowadays, at least here in spain, sometimes you just have to get mad while watching some movies lately); its just too long, too conventional and too plain.


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