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Flanders [DVD]

Samuel Boidin , Adelaide Leroux , Bruno Dumont    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Samuel Boidin, Adelaide Leroux, Henri Cretel, Jean-Marie Bruveart, David Poulain
  • Directors: Bruno Dumont
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Soda Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: 24 Sep 2007
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000T2MYCQ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 73,189 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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The film tells the story of a group of young men, including local farmer Demester who go to fight in an unnamed war with brutal consequences. Juxtaposing rural images of their home village against the often savage and unrelenting landscape of war, the film charts familiar Dumont territory by offering a unique vision against a backdrop of an unconventional love story between Demester and his fragile sometime girlfriend Barbe. Extras: Director Masterclass - Bruno Dumont in conversation at Rendez-vous with French Cinema, London, 2007

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4.0 out of 5 stars The grimness of living 22 Mar 2012
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Few films which have been so critically lauded as 'Flanders' has (its accolades including winning Cannes' Grand Prix), have met with such criticism as this film has. Viewed by some as a dark, unflinching masterpiece, and by others as a pretentious exercise in shock tactics, opinion on 'Flanders' varies wildly. I personally found Flanders to be an excellent, if flawed work, but in reviewing this; am adding the caveat that this certainly doesn't seem to be a film which will appeal to everyone.

'Flanders' tells the story of Demester, a rural farmer who goes off to fight in a brutal, unnamed conflict, alongside others from his rural district; including Blondin, the cocky charmer who has stolen Demester's love, the selfish and fragile Barbe, from his arms. 'Flanders' is an highly uncomfortable film to watch, but also an extremely powerful one. Dumont focuses on the troubled depth of the individual, the tendencies towards madness and barbarism, and the unspoken. The film is full of unsaid words, such as when Dumont is forced to sit next to Barbe, whilst she passionately kisses Blondin. The film's violence is startling, but, I would argue, is far from being just the stuff of 'shock value'. Through the depictions of rape, child murder and, most graphically, a genital mutilation; Dumont intimates the easiness with which one can become desensitised and brutalised. The conflict, additionally, is set in an unnamed land. Far from this being locational laziness from Dumont, it highlights the absurdity of war, and also promotes the notion that this could be any two groups of people killing each other sadistically.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Indifference & Intimacy 16 May 2011
When we discuss the cinema we often use categories that function to produce a particular form of response; we may talk about genre films, about block busters etc.
When we talk about auteur cinema or, more often today, personal cinema, what we are describing, in some senses, is the type of contract we engage in when watching the film. In the case of Bruno Dumont's films we are signing a contract with the film maker that demands a specific kind of relationship to the work. We already understand that we are not going to be watching a film such as 'Titanic' or 'Invasion L.A.' Dumont has already asked us to respond in a particular way, most likely we have seen other films by him or at least have some sense of what to expect just as we might expect a certain type of film from, let's say, Michael Bay.
The title of this film already evokes a series of semantic possibilities, for us in northern Europe at least, the name Flanders is not just the geographical space but it is also the historical space of a particular moment of barbarity, the name reminds us, just as 'Bull Run' might remind a citizen of the United States of America of war, not just any kind of war but of a particular type of "up-close" military engagement. Dumont's use of the title is clearly meant to position us in relation to the film in a particular way.
The fact that the film is set in the present and is also set, to begin with at least, in a rural community is clearly provocative. Dumont asks us to think dialectically, we are asked not only to read the film in terms of its aesthetic, it is relentlessly realist, but he also requires a recognition of its allegorical function.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Confront the horror, don't run from it 11 July 2008
By Keris Nine TOP 500 REVIEWER
Judging by the reactions thus far from previous comments to this film, the sheer force of Bruno Dumont's singular vision with its incessant emotional, physical and sexual violence is clearly too much for some people's sensibilities. If the bleakness, bitterness and pessimism of Flanders weigh heavily or the relentless brutality of the film causes offense however, that is certainly the film's intention.

Plainly presented and unadorned by allegory, symbolism or didacticism, never patronising the viewer or browbeating them to take a calculatedly predetermined and politically-correct stance, Dumont pushes boundaries of realism into pure expressionism. Flanders is a film that must simply be felt. Whether that response is compassion for the characters or revulsion matters not, and it certainly has no bearing on assessments of the quality of the film. Its purpose is to challenge the viewer and force them to confront sensations they may not wish to acknowledge, but are inherently part of human nature. And by any standard, Flanders certainly achieves that, brilliantly and forcefully.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Study in Human Sexuality and Violence 31 Jan 2009
This isn't a movie you pop in the DVD player on Saturday night to escape the week.
(Although I love those, too.) It is an intense film, both visually and psychologically.

Don't pay too much attention to the one star reviews here. Frankly, either you appreciate this genre, or not. If you do, then it is definitely worth a view.

(I also recommend 'Beau Travail' by Claire Denis.)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A masterpiece that is uncomfortable 18 Mar 2014
This is one of the most realistic films I've ever seen, and precisely because of that, it will not appeal to many... especially to those who prefer entertaining films. If you think "A Bridge Too Far" or "Platoon" showed the horrors of war, that was nothing. Flanders shows the world as it really is: stupid people in a farm doing stupid things, then going on to do stupid things in a senseless war. This is not "politically correct", but this is reality.

In real life, Tom Cruise types don't go to Afghanistan; the soldiers don't look like Brad Pitt and the girlfriends they left behind are not Scarlet Johansen look-alikes.

Bruno Dumont does not use actors, he uses real people; that makes a huge difference in terms of realism. You feel like you're watching reality on the screen, not a glamourised version of it.

If you enjoyed "Iron Man 3", stay clear from "Flanders"... This is wine from a very different casket. More like Haneke's "Amour".
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