Flanders Synopsis
A sensitive young woman learns she is pregnant by one of her two lovers, who have gone off to war.
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TV Guide

By Ken Fox
With very little dialogue and lingering shots of the landscape -- always a very important visual trope in Dumont's deep-psyche explorations...
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88

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Phillips
Except for the tractors, and the tanks in the later desert battle sequences, Flanders could be taking place centuries ago. Or centuries...
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88

New York Post

By V.A. Musetto
Unspeakable brutality ensues, including a rape, a castration and cold-blooded murder. Dumont never mentions Iraq, but the parallels are...
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80

Empire

By David Parkinson
Harrowing and complex, this study in terror is not for the faint of heart.
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75

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

With razor-sharp precision, Dumont interweaves scenes of battle with the unravelling of a young woman back home, involved with two of the...
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
Underneath the seeming blandness of its presentation -- the sparse dialogue, the affectless characters -- there's a ferocious and caustic...
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
This film has few tangible pleasures, such as some somber shots of Demester walking far away in a field. Its achievement is theoretical. It...
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50

Premiere

By Aaron Hillis
As a fan, it's upsetting to admit that Dumont's ideas and insights have narrowed with this picture, his relaxed pacing now lethargic, his...
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38

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
A powerful film of suffering and sacrifice and desperation. But it's vacuous, banal, and, where its mix of sentiment and grisliness is...
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30

The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
Pretentious to the core and lacking any context or credible characterizations.
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Rated NR