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Man of Flowers (1983)

An eccentric elderly man tries to enjoy the three things in life that he considers real beauty: collecting art, collecting flowers, and watching pretty women undress.

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Art Teacher
Bob Ellis ...
Psychiatrist
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Patrick Cook ...
Coppershop Man
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Angela
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The Father
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James Stratford ...
Young Charles
Eileen Joyce ...
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Marianne Baillieu ...
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Lirit Bilu ...
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An eccentric elderly man tries to enjoy the three things in life that he considers real beauty: collecting art, collecting flowers, and watching pretty women undress.

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"It is very difficult to see yourself as others see you . . . or to see yourself at all." - Charles Bremer.

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22 September 1983 (Australia)  »

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O Homem das Flores  »

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Charles Bremer: Some people are so helpless in this world. Some are so alone.
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A sweet surprise

Charles Bremer, an elderly man, is a little eccentric. His love for flowers is only equaled by his love for watching a pretty woman undress. He lives on his own, plays the organ in church and tends to stick to himself. Things don't go really fast for him, until the drug addicted boyfriend of the girl he pays to strip for him turns violent.

Nudity, classical music, long slow scenes with a lot of colors, emotional darkness. That'd be the general description of the film in a few words. It'd be a great injustice to this little film though. The story is played out amazingly well, with a very acceptable explanation of the Man of Flowers, and why he is who he is and all.

The choice of musical overdub in this film, sometimes blotting out everything that is happening completely, reminded me a bit of A Clockwork Orange, although that film is almost entirely unlike this one. It works out very well though, pushing the accentuation in just the right direction when that is needed. Clearly a well done case of film-making.

8 out of 10 flowers in the air


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