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The Flower of My Secret (1995)
"La flor de mi secreto" (original title)

 -  Drama  -  8 March 1996 (USA)
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Leo Macias writes sentimental novels with great success but hidden under a pseudonym, Amanda Gris. She is unhappy with her professional life and with her husband, a soldier working in ... See full summary »

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Leo Macías
Juan Echanove ...
Ángel
Carme Elias ...
Betty
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Rosa
Chus Lampreave ...
Madre de Leo
Kiti Mánver ...
Manuela (as Kiti Manver)
Joaquín Cortés ...
Antonio
Manuela Vargas ...
Blanca
Imanol Arias ...
Paco
Gloria Muñoz ...
Alicia
Juan José Otegui ...
Tomas
Nancho Novo ...
Doctor B
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Doctor A
Alicia Agut ...
Neighbor A
Marisol Muriel ...
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Leo Macias writes sentimental novels with great success but hidden under a pseudonym, Amanda Gris. She is unhappy with her professional life and with her husband, a soldier working in Brussels and Bosnia that is never at home. She will try anything to change her life. Written by Miguel A. Andrade <andrade@gredos.cnb.uam.es>

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European book supermarket fnac was only too happy to help out with the production, providing a huge exterior awning of the cover of a faked Amanda Gris novel that hung outside their Madrid office. See more »

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Uneven drama
26 April 2003 | by (Oceanside,Ca.) – See all my reviews

Pedro Almodovar is easily one of the most interesting filmmakers in the world today and most of his films are in a strange way tongue in cheek, despite the premise of the story! But in this film its a more serious Almodovar story and while never boring, I'm not sure it succeeds on the level it wants. Story is about a woman who is a very famous writer but writes under a pseudonym. She hates her own work and is hired by a magazine to do a story on herself (They don't know she is the same person). Marisa Paredes is Leo and as she enters middle age she seems to be going through a mid-life crisis. She drinks to much and her marriage is falling apart. Her husband Paco (Imanol Aris) is in the military and always gone. Its evident he does not miss her but Leo looks forward to when he comes home. Definitely a more somber and straight laced story by one of the most irreverent directors in ages. Paredes is always captivating and she seems at ease playing women with deep rooted problems. Film follows her as Leo must learn all over again how to enjoy life and most important, to like herself! Slow moving film as some genuine moments from Paredes but its not one of Almodovars better efforts.


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