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Flanders (Flandres) Reviews

Ben Kenigsberg
Time Out
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Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 2/5

November 16, 2011
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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Dumont is much more confident when he sticks to the title town and the young woman the men left behind; his habit of alternating close shots with extreme long shots and his singularly unsentimental way of showing sex are as distinctive as ever.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

January 3, 2008
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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This film has few tangible pleasures, such as some somber shots of Demester walking far away in a field. Its achievement is theoretical.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3/4

August 17, 2007
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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The harsh and lovely achievement of Bruno Dumont's Flanders is its mixture of the concrete and the abstract. It isn't about a specific war. It's about conflict of every stripe, in any time.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 3.5/4

August 16, 2007
Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times
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Anything but comforting. With its depiction of bestial behavior and shocking wartime violence, it's the kind of film that polarizes viewers through the raw power of its imagery.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 3/4

August 3, 2007
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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French filmmaker Bruno Dumont urges his audience to delve beneath the movie's melodramatic, often graphic surface and experience the film sensorially rather than intellectually.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

July 26, 2007
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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This is not a film of youth or wisdom -- it's not even a film of real intelligence. And so we flit between war and relative peace, with no insight or feeling or compelling style.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 1.5/4

July 20, 2007
Dave Calhoun
Time Out
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mont doesn't hate his characters; he just thinks they're stupid: no one thinks, no one learns, everyone acts. It's the most Godless film you'll see all year.

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 4/6

July 6, 2007
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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Don't fight this movie. Just release and get onto its wavelength.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

June 22, 2007
Kevin Crust
Los Angeles Times
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This deeply felt vision of the human condition has more resonance than yet another movie concluding that war is hell.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 4/5

June 8, 2007
Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
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The film arrives at a familiar conclusion -- that war is hell -- but the getting there is made uniquely unsettling by Dumont's relentlessly anti-psychological disposition.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

June 7, 2007
Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
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From the evidence of Flanders, Mr. Dumont's career demands further study on my part should the opportunity arise.

Full Review Source: New York Observer

May 23, 2007
V.A. Musetto
New York Post
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Bruno Dumont. You either love the French filmmaker's abstract and minimalist approach, or you hate it. Count me among the former.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 3.5/4

May 22, 2007
David Fear
Time Out New York
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A soul also lurks underneath the shocks. When the director turns the most overused three-word phrase into a devastating reinstatement of humanity, you're quickly reminded of why [director] Dumont was so lauded in the first place.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 4/6

May 19, 2007
Stephen Holden
New York Times
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Whether you like or loathe Mr. Dumont's movies, his unsettling vision of humanity stripped of cultural finery feels profoundly truthful. Beneath the facade of civilization, life is a barnyard.

| Original Score: 3/5

May 18, 2007
Nathan Lee
Village Voice
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[Director Dumont's] got a decent way of moving figures toward the vanishing point of a landscape. Otherwise, ugh.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

May 15, 2007

Globe and Mail
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The opening scenes of hardscrabble farms in Northern France present an utterly bleak existence. It's not surprising, then, that the villages' men don't bat an eye when they are called to fight in a brutal North African conflict.

| Original Score: 3/4

September 23, 2006
Deborah Young
Variety
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A somber, beautifully acted reflection on the barbarity of war and the bestiality of man, which only enormous compassion can redeem.

Full Review Source: Variety

May 24, 2006
Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
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Pretentious to the core and lacking any context or credible characterizations, Flanders juxtaposes bucolic scenes of life in a farm community, featuring a clutch of dim-witted rustics, with scenes of utter barbarity in an unspecified war.

May 24, 2006
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