The Flower of Evil
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Co-written by Caroline Eliacheff, Claude Chabrol's La Fleur Du Mal (The Flower of Evil) concerns three generations of the bourgeois Charpin-Vasseur family. The story opens in the present day with a murder occurring during a local election and son Francois (Benoit Magimel) returning home to Bordeaux after four years in the U.S. His father Gerard (Bernard Le Coq) is a suave and successful pharmaceutical manufacturer, while his stepmother Anne (Nathalie Baye) is in the process of running for local office. Francois has long harbored a strong interest in Anne's daughter, psychology student… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 65%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The strength of this movie is how it starts as a standard whodunit only to become something else: a cunning Chabrol study of incest and old money peppered with a wicked sense of humor."
‑ John Monaghan, Detroit Free Press
"Each of the characters in the film is so real, so fully drawn, that you feel you know him or her as a person, not as fiction."
‑ Richard Nilsen, Arizona Republic
"There's a solid message here about wealth and hypocrisy, but it's watered down by the opaque storytelling."
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
"Neither as shocking nor as enlightening as it obviously intends to be -- or as it believes itself to be."
‑ Jeff Vice, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"The lighting is spectacular, the cinematography by Eduardo Serra, the spare music by Matthieu Chabrol, the production design by Françoise Benoît-Fresco -- all make this a joy to watch."
‑ Jean Lowerison, San Diego Metropolitan
"Leave reason behind, back in steerage class, and simply breathe in the foibles of the (upper) crust on this crème brûlée."
‑ Michael Booth, Denver Post
"A minor work from a major talent."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"An unsatisfying payoff."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Chabrol's major theme seems to be that life is cyclical and history repeats."
‑ Matt Kelemen, Las Vegas CityLife
"The film is a bore."
‑ David Elliott, San Diego Union-Tribune
"Told without drama, as if this were just an ordinary family, it is the subtleties of the details that win you over."
‑ Marta Barber, Miami Herald
"Chabrol's examination of intergenerational guilt takes awhile to arrive at the station, but the characters and dialogue -- screenplay by Caroline Eliacheff -- are sophisticated and properly witty."
‑ G. Allen Johnson, San Francisco Chronicle
"Chabrol has his moments of visual wit ... but mostly The Flower of Evil is a poky and uninvolving thriller of knotted family ties and convoluted histories."
‑ Sean Means, Salt Lake Tribune
"Tart and darkly droll neo-noir."
‑ James Verniere, Boston Herald
"Although there are wonderful moments to enjoy and a certain dry wit that's specifically French, and specifically Chabrol, the meandering story tests one's patience."
‑ Kim Morgan, Oregonian
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