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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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19 February 2003 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Die Blume des Bösen  »

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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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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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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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A very weak Chabrol
9 May 2003 | by See all my reviews

Caroline Eliacheff cannot tell us the story of this typical French family with a past. When the French have no inspiration, they turn to the WW II. The story is not convincing and the actors just talk to say nothing. The plot is ridiculous and tante Line (Suzanne Flon) must tell us the story of her life at the end of the movie to reveal us the background of this family. The only interesting thing of this movie are the visits by the female political candidate to the apartments of the "hlm".


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