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  • Summary: Set in the Bordeaux region of France, Flower of Evil tells the story of the Charpin-Vasseurs, one of the most well respected upper middle class families in the region. The family's picture perfect image is shattered when murder occurs. (Palm Pictures)
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  1. Positive: 18 out of 24
  2. Negative: 0 out of 24
  1. Stylish, ingenious and gleaming with charm, wit and malice, it's another expert blend of domestic drama and crime thriller, a vivisection of the bourgeoisie.
  2. Reviewed by: Patrick Peters
    80
    Stealing the show is Suzanne Flon's immaculate display as the matriarch whose good-natured indulgence of her ghastly relations belies a guilty secret. Mercilessly acute and quietly devastating.
  3. 75
    I feel such an affection for Chabrol and his work that I probably can't see The Flower of Evil as it would be experienced by a first-time viewer. Would that newcomer note the elegance, the confidence, the sheer joy in the way he treasures the banalities of bourgeois life on his way to the bloodshed?
  4. If you can figure out all the intricate and incestuous family backstory of this domestic melodrama by Claude Chabrol, there's a certain amount to appreciate, though most of this is more cerebral than emotional.
  5. While it's not quite as satisfying as Chabrol's underappreciated "Merci pour le chocolat" (2000), it's still nasty fun at the expense of the upper middle class.
  6. 60
    Wanders rather than moves chillingly toward its climax.
  7. This movie is a mixed repast: good food and wine laced with enough misanthropic poison to turn any stomach.

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