The Flower of Evil
2003, France, 104’, Color, French
Director: Claude Chabrol
Cast: Nathalie Baye, Benoît Magimel, Suzanne Flon
2003 Berlin Film Festival Golden Bear Nominee
2004 Goya Awards Best European Film Nominee
A noble’s tragedy from the genius mind of Claude Chabrol.
From award winning director Claud Chabrol, a tale on the most refined face 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?