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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Norman Kaye ...
Charles Bremer
Alyson Best ...
Lisa
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David
Sarah Walker ...
Jane
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Art Teacher
Bob Ellis ...
Psychiatrist
Barry Dickins ...
Postman
Patrick Cook ...
Coppershop Man
Victoria Eagger ...
Angela
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The Father
Hilary Kelly ...
Mother
James Stratford ...
Young Charles
Eileen Joyce ...
Aunt
Marianne Baillieu ...
Aunt
Lirit Bilu ...
Florist
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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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22 September 1983 (Australia)  »

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Charles Bremer: I'm only half a man.
Lisa: It's the right half.
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Featured in A Journey with Paul Cox (1996) See more »

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1 July 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The film is remarkable in that it delves into the issue of sexual inversion - and how childhood events and parent relationships mark us for life. In the case of Charles, we see that his mother alternately enveloped him in her embrace and rejected him, and his father, a remote, humorless person, punished him for being a curious child. End result: he loves beauty deeply, but cannot consummate a relationship. The use of music, both the operatic excerpts and Charles's own playing of the church organ, was pointed and poignant. All actors turned in splendid performances. Norman Kaye was very believable in the title role, and Alyson Best as the young beauty who sees Charles for the decent, loving person he is does sound work. The rest of the ensemble is also to be commended for this picture of life and art's relationship to it.


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