Flanders

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Product Overview

Andre Demester leaves his farm in northern France to become a soldier in a far off land. On his last night of freedom, he witnesses Barbe, his childhood friend and secret love, sleeping with another man. A twist of fate puts the two men side by side in combat where their undeclared personal war and the one they are fighting tragically merge. Left behind, Barbe, alone and wasting away, faces misfortunes of her own, while awaiting the soldiers' return.

Specifications

Studio Kino Video
SKU 205483400
UPC 741952313397
UPC 14 00741952313397
Format DVD
Release Date 11/6/2007
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  2.35:1
Actors
Name Leroux,Adelaide
Link Search Link
Cast & Crew
Adelaide Leroux - Actor
Bruno Dumont - Director
Bruno Dumont - Writer
Guy Lecorne - Editor
Henri Cretel - Actor
Jean-Marie Bruveart - Actor
Muriel Merlin - Executive Producer
Rachid Bouchareb - Producer
Samuel Boidin - Actor
Yves Cape - Cinematographer
Awards
Winner (2006) Cannes Film Festival, Bruno Dumont, Grand Prize of the Jury
Nominee (2006) Cannes Film Festival, Bruno Dumont, Golden Palm Award
Reviews
ReviewSource Reel.com
Review After his foray into America with the little-seen, critically reviled Twentynine Palms, Bruno Dumont is back on the familiar terrain of both northern France and the thematic concerns of his first two features, The Life of Jesus and Humanite. Like Todd Solondz, former philosophy professor Dumont tends to look at his fellow humans as if they are bugs in jars, but his existential storytelling, unlike Solondz's, is dramatically inert. Long, static shots, often gorgeously composed, surround his barely sentient characters. His view of humanity is reductive and merciless, a stance that has made him popular with Cannes Film Festival juries, which has awarded him its Grand Prize of the Jury twice for Humanite and last year for Flanders. There is no denying his talent or the power of his films. There is also no denying how unpleasant they are. Flanders is no exception...There are echoes of many other war films, from Full Metal Jacket to the more recent Jarhead, in that portion of the drama, as Demester and Blondel find themselves thrust into a hell they do not understand, but certainly help make.
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Reviewer Pam Grady
ReviewRating 7
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review "Flanders," by Bruno Dumont, won the Jury Prize at Cannes 2006. His "L'Humanite" won the same prize in1999. Both films require a special kind of viewer. I wrote of "L'Humanite" that it is "for those few moviegoers who approach a serious movie almost in the attitude of prayer." But we do not approach "Flanders" as if attending a religious service. We are its pastor, helpless to console it. It stands wet and lonely outside our church of the human race...This film has few tangible pleasures, such as some somber shots of Demester walking far away in a field. Its achievement is theoretical. It wants to depict lives that are without curiosity, introspection and hope. I watched with mournful restlessness. I admire it more today than yesterday when I saw it...The actors are all locals, unprofessional, but fully equal to Dumont's barren designs for them. I recall when Emmanuel Schotte, the star of Dumont's much more involving "L'Humanite," won the best actor award at Cannes, and all of my friends agreed that in his acceptance speech the actor seemed exactly the same as his character. Is that acting? Perhaps it is one goal of acting.
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Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 8
Features
DVD, Widescreen, English, Subtitled
Product Attributes
Actor Leroux,Adelaide
Label Koch Lorber Films Llc
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Quotes
Boston Globe A powerful film of suffering and sacrifice...
San Francisco Chronicle Ferocious and caustic...jaw-dropping...
The New York Times Evoke[s] as intense an experience of the natural world as a film can provide...
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