2002 / original title : LA FLEUR DU MAL / 104’ / Color / status : completed / long feature-film / French catalog
In the pernicious atmosphere at the end of World War II, as people settled scores with the collaborators, a woman was acquitted for a crime she had committed. The film is set in the present day, at the time of the last municipal elections during which another crime is committed. Who is the guilty party? The person who commits the crime or the one who admits to it? And guilty of what, exactly?
“The Flower of Evil is first-rate Chabrol. Its terrific multigenerational cast brings a subtle, mordant, frequently funny tale of family secrets vividly to life.”