Flowers in the Attic
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After a tragic accident leaves them fatherless, four children return to their mother’s mysterious family mansion hoping for an inheritance. But when they are imprisoned and abandoned by their evil grandmother, the children must survive a nightmare of brutal cruelty, forbidden passion and a final shocking discovery that will shatter their innocence forever. Kristy Swanson, Victoria Tennant, Jeb Stuart Adams and Academy Award® winner Louise Fletcher (One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest) star in this haunting suspense thriller based on the novel that launched the extraordinary career of V.C. Andrews and won her a devoted following of more than 85 million readers worldwide.
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This family grows on you. You learn to love them, to miss their happy memories for them. Some of the financial woes that kept them with a grandmother who had a twisted view of scripture was something I related too, so maybe it's not only other aesthetics but just me being able to relate to the mistreated hostages/children that made this movie unforgettable.
This movie aired on a local channel but I only caught the middle of the movie. Intrigued by the plot and ending, I bought it so I could see the beginning and the end. Wow! Had I seen the beginning OR the end before hand, I would never have wasted my money on this one!
What I didn't like:
1. The relationship between the oldest daughter and father, even though briefly addressed in the movie before he was killed, felt very incestuous. That was creepy!
2. The relationship between the oldest daughter and son--both appeared to be mid to upper teens and attractive---also felt incestuous! Also creepy!! It seemed inappropriate for the brother to be in the room where his teenage sister is bathing, to sit and watch her bathe and to wash her back for her. Uggh! Perhaps even a little weird for them to be sleeping in the same bed, but at least that appeared to be innocent.
3. Once again it felt incestuous for the mother of these children to be slowly undressing in front of HER bed-ridden father, with her mother standing by watching. The viewer didn't know a lashing was about to take place by the mother, in front of the father, while the adult daughter was in her underwear or less.
4. As if to confirm the incestuous nature of this film, it comes out that the mother had run off and married her uncle??
These observations beg the question: Did Woody Allen direct this movie??
A mother poisoning her children...a mother abandoning her children who were locked away in the attic...a mother who was pursuing a future for herself knowing she would have to kill her 4 children in order to have her new life...a grandmother who was abusive and cruel to her grandchildren. Perhaps it was bad acting on the part of the mother of the children because she appeared in the beginning to be a very loving and attentive mother who truly loved her children, who turned her back on her parents and their fortune at her first opportunity because she recognized they were evil people--or so it seemed--until the end of the movie when you realize she is no different than her bazaar parents. It also left me wondering: did she actually have her husband killed way back at the beginning of the movie? I like movies with suspense but not movies where mothers will kill their own children or movies that are filled with innuendos of incest so frequently.