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S E A R C H    D V D B e a v e r

(aka "The Flower of Evil" )
France 2003


Back in the days when Chabrol was a journalist for French New Wave organ Cahiers du Cinéma, he once tackled the theme of guilt in Hitchcock's movies. Judging by Flower Of Evil, it's something he's still fascinated by. This simmering thriller ticks along with the precision (though, deliberately, none of the clarity) of Hitch as it slings mud at its bourgeois protagonists and then waits, hoping to see it stick.

The dirty secrets of the Charpin-Vasseur family are revealed at a leisurely pace as Chabrol proves more interested in focusing on the clan's youngest members François (Benoît Magimel), who's just back from three years in America, and his "sister"-turned-sweetheart Michèle (Mélanie Doutey, France's answer to Kate Beckinsale). Fortunately, incest isn't one of the family's sins - these two are more like cousins than siblings - and as the kids fall in love, events go into motion that will have disastrous consequences for the rest of the dynasty.

Following his silver-spoon chomping characters as they go about their daily lives, Chabrol does what he does best: charting the rhythms and rituals of upper middle class French life with a detached yet detailed eye. It never works as a thriller, but as a film about guilt, family history, and the sins of the father, it builds to an impressive, brooding story of everyday deception and deceit.

Excerpt from Jamie Russell's review located HERE


Theatrical Release: Germany10 February 2003 (Berlin International Film Festival)

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DVD Review: MK2 (2 disc set) - Region 2 - PAL

Big thanks to Per-Olof Strandberg for the Review!

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Runtime 100:24 (4% PAL speedup)

1:1.66 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 6,67 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.


Audio DD 5.1 and DD 2.0 French
Subtitles English and None
Features Release Information:
Studio: MK2 (2 disc set)

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1:1.66

Edition Details:
• Disc 1
• The Film
• Préface (3:19 No subs
• Le tournage de film (25.33) English subtitles
• La collection Claude Chabrol (12 trailers)
• Disc 2
• Claude Chabrol l'artisan (52:43) English Subtitles
• La lecon de cinema de Chlaude Chabrol (6 scenes) (56:00) No subs
• Caroline Eliacheff, Coscenariste du film (24:44) No subs

DVD Release Date: 17 september 2003
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Comments There's no reason to believe, that this DVD isn't the best you can get of the film material used, as being distributed by the production company.

Without seeing the original film elements it's hard to judge the material. It can be that the minor faults on this DVD, is of the film stock and lightning used in this film. Overall I'm quite satisfied, even tough some parts seems a little bit soft and some dark scenes are a little bit flat colored, but otherwise a good job.

The 5.1 mix is flawless, and makes justice for the film.

Note also that there are almost 80 minutes of extra material subtitled in English.

 - Per-Olof Strandberg

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