The Flower of Evil (2003)
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Critic Reviews for The Flower of Evil
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.
Leave reason behind, back in steerage class, and simply breathe in the foibles of the (upper) crust on this crème brûlée.
Told without drama, as if this were just an ordinary family, it is the subtleties of the details that win you over.
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.
Audience Reviews for The Flower of Evil
A decent if not completely unremarkable French thriller. It isn't that there's anything wrong with The Flower of Evil, per se, but I feel like I've just spent 100 minutes watching absolutely nothing new. The themes are interesting if not completely broad, the characters are nothing special, and the humor seems oddly thin.
It's a very pretty, expertly acted waste of time.
A rather competent drama, but not spectacular in any way beside the absolute cuteness of Melanie Doutey, who has the sweetest and most loveable smile I ever seen on screen. The incest angle in my opinion is rather weak and sensationalized, as are the murders past and present. This story is more like a mild, luke warm cup of coffee. I just prefer mine to be stronger and hot. Not a bad watch though
I've heard great things about Claude Chabrol for years. Is this not a good movie to base an opinion from? Because it's ponderous to the point of glacial, deeply uninteresting, and has only a few well-acted roles to redeem it.
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