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The Flower of My Secret (1996)

Marisa Paredes , Juan Echanove , Daniel Cebrián , Pedro Almodóvar  |  R |  DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Marisa Paredes, Juan Echanove, Carme Elias, Rossy de Palma, Chus Lampreave
  • Directors: Daniel Cebrián, Pedro Almodóvar
  • Writers: Pedro Almodóvar, Dorothy Parker
  • Producers: Agustín Almodóvar, Esther García, Lola García, Paz Sufrategui
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: French, Spanish
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
    Some Region 1 DVDs may contain Regional Coding Enhancement (RCE). Some, but not all, of our international customers have had problems playing these enhanced discs on what are called "region-free" DVD players. For more information on RCE, click .
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: April 12, 2005
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007OCG60
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #161,726 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Flower of My Secret" on IMDb

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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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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
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A quiet restrained Almodovar movie, rich with symbols and style (artistic shots made through different patterns - mirrors, straw chair patterns, etc.). This movie is also a tribute to the Spanish culture - dance, food and various elements of the folklore which appear in lace making, landscape and portrayal of "country people".
This is the story of Leo (Marisa Paredes) who is a writer. Leo writes her stories under a pseudonym as she is not proud of the sugary love stories she writes. This "real/unreal love" is one of the main themes and conflicts of the movie. Leo, under again another pseudonym attacks her own love stories while Angel, her new boss and friend writes in favor of the sugary author. Should we believe the dramatic love story which always comes with a happy ending but is somewhat untrue or should we write / or dream about everyday truthful life where love, like other achievements comes after hard work?
In the opening scene Leo has trouble getting her boots off - the boots are a present from her husband and she wears them although they are so tight she cannot breath. In what is later understood as a very symbolic act she tries to take the boots off in various ways but succeeds only after her friend Betty manages to help her. Betty works in the transplant section of the hospital (transplants and the detailed process of explaining the death of a dear one to his relatives also appear in Almodovar "all about my mother" and Almodovar is definitely doing a great service to this matter). Leo drinks a lot. She is very miserable and misses her husband who is in the army. Leo knows they are having problems but it seems that the viewer is in a better position to understand the nature of their relationship.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely and Touching . . . April 19, 2000
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. . . and maybe those aren't words fans normally associate with Almodovar, at least when not linked to words like "junky," "transvestite," or "porn star." I disagree with the reviewer who termed this a misfire--it's simply a more thoughtful film by this usually over-the-top director. Visually, one of his most arresting films, Almodovar chooses to focus this time on the distance between true love and idealized love as seen in romance novels and how they sometimes intersect in surprising ways. Marissa Paredes shows stunning range as the main character--at times both critically stung and deeply needy and yet passionate and cocky . . . boy, do you root for her. And the scene in which she is literally pushed by a mob of protesters into the arms of the man she could be truly happy with is one of the best in movies. NOT a disappointment at all.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars one of Almodovar's best December 8, 1999
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This film is my second favorite Almodovar film, falling between Law of Desire and Dark Habits. It tells the story of a romance writer who's own real-life romance is falling apart. She is torn between the image of herself as tragic victim and as perpetuator of rosy love stories. This is a very subtle film by Almodovar, but I've seen it four times now and it yields more beauty with each viewing. Central to my enjoyment of the film is Marisa Paredes. She is a grand actress in the old Hollywood tradition (check her out in Almodovar's fine new film, All About My Mother). She runs the gamut of every possible emotion and creates a character that is memorable and moving. Her performance rivals those of Julietta Serrano in Dark Habits and Carmen Maura in Law of Desire. Almodovar favorites Rossy de Palma and Chuz Lamprave make memorable cameos in this movie. This is a must see film!
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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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1.0 out of 5 stars Boring....
I usually love foreign films 95% of the time but this time this movie is a sleeper. I would skip this as there are way better movies. Check out my other movie reviews.
Published 7 months ago by Happy r/c
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining
Almodovar all over ..............
Is ok to watch at least once, will amuse you........
Good deal for the price, spanish w/subtitles.
Published 10 months ago by RAD
2.0 out of 5 stars We like Almodovar films, but not this one.
I agree with those who give it 2 stars - even my wife, who loves Almodovar films, lost
interest. Read Roger Ebert's review of the film - he gives it only one and a half stars. Read more
Published on July 22, 2012 by Filmfan
5.0 out of 5 stars captivating!
Senor Pedro successfully did it again in this wonderful film of lost love and its ultimate rebound,
treated with the director's savvy and wit and humor. Read more
Published on January 22, 2011 by R. Monteclar
4.0 out of 5 stars Important step in Almodovar's evolution as a film-maker
Sweet, and very well acted. This is much less wild and outrageous than earlier Almodovar, but compensates by having more real emotion. Read more
Published on July 25, 2010 by K. Gordon
4.0 out of 5 stars The Flower of Almodovar`s new cinema
In Almodovar's words this represents his first mature work (and maybe it is from a certain point of view) i do personally think that there were others before(Law of Desire,... Read more
Published on February 28, 2010 by E. Macias
5.0 out of 5 stars Underrated
Almodovar's work seems to follow a progression. It seems to me that The Flower Of My Secret actually marked the beginning of a new stage. Read more
Published on April 24, 2009 by U. Matos Rodriguez
4.0 out of 5 stars Charming two hours in Spain
The Flower of My Secret is a charming surprise about a middle-aged, Spanish romance writer who is devastated when her husband leaves her. The plot is actually fairly predictable. Read more
Published on November 20, 2008 by J. Badger
4.0 out of 5 stars Abandonment and recovery
"Flower of My Secret" is a more reflective, less manic film than viewers of Almodovar have come to expect, and I for one am glad. Read more
Published on September 4, 2008 by Kerry Walters
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Almodóvar's best, but it presaged his great stretch
I'm a big Almodóvar fan and of Marisa Paredes, too. But to get right to the point: Skip this one. Read more
Published on May 8, 2008 by Andy Orrock
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