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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. Read critic reviews

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Promiscuous farm girl Barbe (Adélaïde Leroux) entertains numerous lovers, but mostly prefers the company of Demester (Samuel Boidin). Demester seems incapable of commitment, and so Barbe sleeps with Blondel (Henri Cretel) out of revenge. Soon after, she sees both lovers off to war. While Barbe discovers she is pregnant, Demester and Blondel experience atrocities on and off the battlefield.

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  • Jan 03, 2010
    A minimalistic but poetic anti-Heimat movie; shot with a low budget but very well directed. Grand Prix (price for 2nd best movie) at Cannes '06.
    William H Super Reviewer
  • Jun 26, 2009
    This anti-war story maybe beautiful to look at but falls flat due to the fact that characters are thrown into cliched situations through a back-drop of over-indulgent sex and violence created only to induce shock.
    Bert R Super Reviewer
  • Jun 26, 2008
    [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] [font=Century Gothic][/font] [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]
    Walter M Super Reviewer
  • Feb 19, 2008
    while I appreciate its experimental approach, the end result doesn't come within a mile of being considered a worthwhile experience.
    Karl V Super Reviewer

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