Flanders (Flandres)

2007

Flanders (Flandres)

Critics Consensus

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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Total Count: 58

58%

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User Ratings: 2,316
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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.

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Critic Reviews for Flanders (Flandres)

All Critics (58) | Top Critics (24)

  • 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.

    Jan 3, 2008 | Full Review…
  • This film has few tangible pleasures, such as some somber shots of Demester walking far away in a field. Its achievement is theoretical.

    Aug 17, 2007 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Aug 16, 2007 | Rating: 3.5/4
  • 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.

    Aug 3, 2007 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Jul 26, 2007 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Jul 20, 2007 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Flanders (Flandres)

  • 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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