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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.

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 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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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:

$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

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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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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Suspense and mystery are correctly developed by Claude Chabrol
7 July 2005 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

The picture talks upon a bourgeois family formed by parents previously divorced (Bernard Le Coq and Natalie Baye) , sons (Benoit Maginel and Melanie Doutey) and grandmother (Suzanne Flon). Terrible secrets emerge and are creating a spiral of consequences until lead to a tragic final .

The movie is well directed by Claude Chabrol who's deemed to be a master in the suspense genre , besides is considered as an initiator of the new wave or nouvelle vague , this movement had got splendor during the 60s . It's habitual in Chabrol films to deal with particular issues, thus : Obsession , adulteries , assassinations , jealousy , treason and he makes a penetrating description of the middle bourgeois class . All those characters are well narrated in the film . The cast is excellent , Benoit Maginel is good , Melanie Doutey is beautiful and attractive . Natalie Baye and the veteran Suzanne Flonn are impressive. Cinematography by Eduardo Serra (Young of the earring pearl ) is nicely made although mostly developed at interior scenarios. The film will appeal to suspense fans and Claude Chabrol moviegoers. Rating : Above average. Well catching.


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