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The Flower of My Secret

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Leo writes romance novels - but with a loveless marriage, she finds herself fresh out of inspiration. Angel is a tough and gruff with an iron will and a heart of gold. When their paths cross, they discover something neither had expected - a real-life love affair! It's no secret that the critics are smitten with Almodovar's hip, romantic comedy, calling it "the flower of Almodovar's genius! Themost intelligent, subdued and uncannily powerful film of his career." - Matt Zoller Seitz, New YorkPress

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  • Actors: Chus Lampreave, Rossy De Palma, Marisa Paredes, Joaquin Cortes, Juan Echanove
  • Directors: Pedro Almodovar, Pedro Almodóvar
  • Producers: Agustin Almodovar, Esther García
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Spanish
  • Subtitles: French, English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 2.20:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: April 12, 2005
  • Run Time: 106 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007OCG60
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #109,772 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Some viewers have placed this exciting film 'La Flor de mi secreto' into the 'not up to standard' Pedro Almodóvar films, a classification this viewer finds difficult to understand. Filmed in the luxuriously colorful palette (especially the repeated use of the color red in every scene) that has become his trademark, set with a musical score that includes Spanish song and guitar and flamenco, and introducing a wildly disparate group of over-the-top women played by a bevy of fine actresses - it all seems echt Almodóvar to me. No, there is not the outrageous side of gender bending that suffuses many of his more popular films, but there is a fine story that resonates throughout this remarkable movie that makes it very much worth the attention of lovers of Spanish cinema.

The film opens during the credits on a woman being informed that her 16-year old son is brain dead as a result of a motorcycle accident and two young doctors (including the irrepressible young Jordi Molla) are trying to convince her to allow the respirator to be disconnected and the boy's organs harvested for donor transplant. Sad, tense though this opening is we discover soon enough that the trio are actors making a demo film for medical personnel to learn to deal with such possible family encounters! Point: what appears to be a tragedy becomes a 'farcical depiction' guided by a seminar leader Betty (Carmen Elías). Flash into a different scene and we me Leo (the immensely talented Almodóvar favorite Marisa Paredes), depressed to the extreme over the failure of her marriage to her beloved Paco (Imanol Arias), a NATO 'soldier' who took assignments as far from Leo as possible.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Gregor von Kallahann on July 25, 2006
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THE FLOWER OF MY SECRET is one of those titles that can strike you at first as being evocative, and then, upon further reflection you might say, "What the hell is that supposed to mean?" Well, maybe it loses something in the translation, and maybe it's a cultural or literary reference that is just lost on me. But I suspect I'm not alone. Looking over the reviews posted below, I'd guess that "What the hell is it supposed to mean?" sentiment may be many viewers' response to the entire movie.

Despite my qualms about the title, I wound up liking it myself. But the friend at whose home I watched the film, pretty much just shrugged. We both like Almodovar, so we were starting out from the same place, you could say. And this film is trademark Almodovar in many ways. In fact--in contrast to many of the reviews posted--we both felt that FLOWER had many many over the top moments as his other films. But they were, how you say?, discreetly over the top.

The film has been described as being an homage to classic women's films of the 30s, 40s, and 50s, and its star Marisa Paredes does have a kind of Joan Crawford thing going on. She's got a certain steeliness that one could easily take for a kind of classiness--if she didn't do such ludicrous things as wear too-tight boots (which she winds up asking friends and even total strangers to take off for her)simply because her absent husband gave them to her.

Come to find out, hubby is in NATO and has been alternately been spending time in Brussels and Bosnia (this is at the height of the conflict there). But it comes as no surprise that he is not just a good soldier: he has actively sought out assignments that would remove him from his troubled marriage.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By LGwriter on July 3, 2005
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Not as emotionally intense as Live Flesh; not as stinging and punchy as What Have I Done to Deserve This?; not as all-out wacky as Tie Me Up, Tie Me Down!, this is nevertheless an enjoyable piece of cinema that, more than anything else, wears its heart on its sleeve--proving that, at least somewhere inside him, director Pedro Almodovar is a real softie.

Combining flamenco (not seen in any other of his films), paella, romance novel ghostwriting, a crumbling marriage, a sentimental editor, a lovestarved writer, and a few other choice characters, Almodovar offers this movie treat as he would a sugary confection to his eager audience, just knowing they'll eat it up. And we do.

Leo--a woman writer--secretly writes romance novels to make a big chunk of money, but is more complex than that, savoring a long list of "suicidal woman writers"--Djuna Barnes, Virginia Woolf, Dorothy Parker, and many others. Married to a career soldier, Paco, who's too busy helping Bosnians to pay attention to Leo, she turns to her friends for help, and to the bottle, and, eventually, to a newspaper editor, Angel (a man) who takes her on after being smitten with her.

That's the story in a nutshell, but the film has the Almodovar stamp all over it. We have the feisty mother (very similar to the one in What Have I Done to Deserve This?--in fact, played by the same actress), the young stud guy, the semi-neurotic female friends/peers of the female protagonist, the misunderstood male lead(s), etc. But that's fine; the director makes the dialogue his own (he should; he wrote it, also!) and we know it's his and are all the better for it.

While not the best Almodovar, this is still very entertaining and substantially better than many other films out there.
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