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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 ...
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Alicia Agut ...
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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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During the film Leo talks about story lines for books. One of the stories is about a girl who kills her father after he tries to rape her and then along with her mother hides the body in a restaurant freezer. This is the basic plot of Volver (2006), one of Almodóvar's later films. See more »

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Surprisingly normal for an Almodóvar flick.
4 November 2014 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

"The Flower of My Secret" is an unusual film by the controversial Spanish director Pedro Almodóvar. So often, the man seems to go out of his way to shock and offend the viewer. Yet, oddly, this is an amazingly 'normal' film and it lacks the shock value of films such as "Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown", "The Skin I live In" or "All About My Father". This is NOT a complaint--and it does make the film more palatable for the average viewer. However, it's also a film that only mildly piqued my interest and might disappoint his die- hard fans.

Leo (Marisa Paredes) is a middle-aged woman with a secret--what exactly that is you'll need to find out for yourself. She also has a marriage that is on the rocks. Her husband is a UN peace-keeper and seems to use this as an excuse not to return home. They are very distant--and some of this might be due to Leo's very volatile personality and drinking. Where exactly all this goes, I'd rather you just watch the film as I don't want to divulge exactly what happens.

While the film is well-crafted and acted, it's also woefully incomplete. The ending, I can almost guarantee, will leave you a bit unsatisfied as it seems a bit vague. But the film is an interesting character study and it's worth seeing just for that. Plus, I could see a group of friends or a couple watching this one and then talking about the many issues it raises.


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