LSC Event Descriptions

February 11, 2005

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Rated R
104 minutes

LSC Classics Presents:
La Fleur du Mal (The Flower of Evil) (2003)
February 11, 2005 at 7:30 and 10:30pm in 10-250.

In La Fleur du Mal, Claude Chabrol once again takes on the themes of guilt and redemption. Set in the Bordeaux region, the film centers on the intricate and complex family relations of the Charpin-Vasseurs, a wealthy bourgeois family. François loves Michèle, his beautiful cousin who is also his step-sister, and perhaps, his real sister. Anne, Michèle’s mother, is running for mayor to the dismay of her philandering husband Gérard, who owns the local pharmacy. The incestuous affair seems to be the only innocent relationship. The family is plagued by hate, cheating, bitterness, egoism, and death. In addition, the Charpin-Vasseurs carry the heavy burden of having a grandfather who collaborated with the Nazis and who may have been murdered by Aunt Line. This secret haunts the family as malicious flyers exposing the family’s past are distributed all over town. Nevertheless, Anne wins the election… but a tragedy strikes the family once more - another crime is committed. La Fleur du Mal is a satire of the bourgeoisie - Anne with her twin-set, pearl necklace, silk scarf, high-pitched voice and great expectations, is irresistible. []

This program was made possible with the support of the Cultural Services of the French Embassy and the French Ministry of Culture.

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