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Flanders (Flandres) (2007)



Average Rating: 6.1/10
Reviews Counted: 57
Fresh: 39 | Rotten: 18

Though Bruno Dumont recycles his typical themes and motifs, Flanders is also just as beautifully shot and convincingly acted as the director's previous movies.


Average Rating: 6.6/10
Critic Reviews: 20
Fresh: 16 | Rotten: 4

Though Bruno Dumont recycles his typical themes and motifs, Flanders is also just as beautifully shot and convincingly acted as the director's previous movies.



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Set during a future European war, in Flanders, the local young men leave as soldiers to fight in a distant land. "Flanders" is the story of soldiers going to the front, their march, the comrades, the misery of war and the wait for horror and what happens after, when they have to become men again.

Nov 6, 2007

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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.

January 3, 2008 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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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.

August 17, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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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.

August 16, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
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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.

August 3, 2007 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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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.

July 26, 2007 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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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.

July 20, 2007 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
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[A] stilted, affected term-paper treatise on the human condition.

October 7, 2009 Full Review Source: Lessons of Darkness
Lessons of Darkness

A congealed shrug

August 27, 2009 Full Review Source: CinePassion

Self-important film that presumes it has something pertinent to say about the human condition but doesn't.

February 3, 2008 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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Enough is left vague that an abstract quality is achieved, and the effect is one of amplification of the themes running throughout the film.

January 7, 2008 Full Review Source:

Sexually voyeuristic, low IQ take on the denizens of farm country.

November 14, 2007 Full Review Source: NewsBlaze

Dumont's gift for dramatic expression of physical space and sensuously conceived landscape is undeniable. If only he had attached a coherent story to his vividly evoked sense of surroundings.

August 4, 2007 Full Review
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It's more provocative than realistic and his naturalism is contained in an arch structure, but his directness is affecting ...

August 2, 2007 Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Among his other deficiencies, Dumont is ... utterly humorless. ... Flanders will leave you nostalgic for the wacky hijinx of films like Persona and The Passion of the Christ.

July 15, 2007

Dumont effectively conjures between the dreary routine of everyday life and the normalised horrors of this nameless conflict.

July 14, 2007 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

Flanders is relentlessly bleak, but as it works its way into your bloodstream, the aftertaste is somewhat akin to relief...For those who allow it, Flanders offers the comfort of recognition, and acceptance, of what it means to be human.

July 10, 2007 Full Review Source:

Flanders is a film you'll either admire or hate.

July 6, 2007 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

His camera, whether focused upon acts of horrific brutality or humdrum routine, maintains a steady, unflinching gaze. This, it seems to say, is life and death and nothing else.

July 6, 2007 Full Review Source: Independent

Only watch this if you fancy some serious cinema.

July 6, 2007 Full Review Source: Sun Online
Sun Online

Brutal, in-your-face and frequently gory it's challenging viewing but definitely more for the kind of people who prefer art house cinemas to multiplexes.

July 6, 2007 Full Review Source: Daily Mirror [UK]
Daily Mirror [UK]

Audience Reviews for Flanders (Flandres)

An awfully slow French movie with minimalistic dialogue that adds nothing to the war-movie genre. If you really must see it, at least skip the first half-hour!
April 1, 2008

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Raw treatment of sex and death where little is said and shots last forever in typical french style. It improves when it moves to the theatre of war but it didn't have anything new to say particularly.
January 2, 2008
Gordon A

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[font=Century Gothic]With "Flanders," writer-director Bruno Dumont continues his examination of alienation in an isolated area, back on his home turf of France. Barbe(Adelaide Leroux) is a young woman who is watching the young men of the village go off to war, most of whom she has had sex with(They have sex because they cannot possibly think of anything else to do. Acting out of boredom, it is over as quickly as it begins. No foreplay.), which includes her closest friend, Andre(Samuel Boidin). Of course, this is not the wisest course of action for a woman living in such a small community...[/font]
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[font=Century Gothic]War seems a natural topic for Dumont as his movies have gotten progressively more violent. Without war, I do not think these characters' lives would ever change, eternally locked into the same routine. Fighting a largely unseen enemy in an unknown country(I would like to say Iraq but I do not think that is possible under the circumstances), the soldiers display the worst aspects of their personalities which include rage, racism and misogyny.[/font]
June 26, 2008
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