THE FLOWER OF EVIL
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|
|sales agent:||mk2 films|
|directed by:||Claude Chabrol|
|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|
|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)|