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THE FLOWER OF EVIL

by Claude Chabrol

synopsis

If time exists, can guilt – like some illnesses – be passed down from generation to generation? Can a sin that hasn’t been expiated have an effect on the guilty party and his or her descendents? At the end of the Second World War, and its concomitant settling of scores among collaborators, a woman will be acquitted of a crime that she committed.
The film takes place in the present day, during the last municipal elections when another crime will be committed. Who is guilty? The person who commits the crime or the person who takes the blame for it? And what if time didn’t exist?

international title: The Flower of Evil
original title: La fleur du mal
country: France
sales agent: mk2 films
year: 2002
genre: fiction
directed by: Claude Chabrol
film run: 104'
release date: IT 14/02/2003, FR 19/02/2003, CH 19/02/2003, BE 26/02/2003, DE 25/07/2003, AT 01/08/2003, NL 07/08/2003, ES 17/10/2003
screenplay: Claude Chabrol, Caroline Eliacheff, Louise L. Lambrichs
cast: Nathalie Baye, Benoît Magimel, Suzanne Flon, Bernard Le Coq, Mélanie Doutey, Thomas Chabrol
cinematography by: Eduardo Serra
film editing: Monique Fardoulis
art director: Françoise Benoît-Fresco
costumes designer: Mic Cheminal
music: Matthieu Chabrol
producer: Marin Karmitz
production: mk2 films, France 3 Cinéma
distributor: MK2 Distribution, Mikado (IT), Cinéart (BE), Monopole Pathé (CH), Concorde Filmverleih (DE), Constantin Film (AT), A-Film Distribution (NL), Nirvana Films (ES)
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