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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 overview, first billed only:
... Charles Bremer
... Lisa
... David
Sarah Walker ... Jane
... Art Teacher
Bob Ellis ... Psychiatrist
Barry Dickins ... Postman
Patrick Cook ... Coppershop Man
... Angela
... 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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"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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One of seven film collaborations of actress Julia Blake and writer-director Paul Cox. They are [in order]: 'Lonely Hearts' (1982), 'Man of Flowers' (1983), 'My First Wife' (1984), 'The Paper Boy' episode of 'Winners' (1985), 'Cactus' (1986), 'Innocence' (2000), and 'Human Touch' (2004). During the 1980s, Blake appeared in a Cox film every year for five straight consecutive years between 1982 and 1986. See more »

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Charles Bremer: I'm only half a man.
Lisa: It's the right half.
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Referenced in Interview with Julia Blake (2001) See more »

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Sweet Flowers
7 May 2008 | by See all my reviews

A middle-aged man is unable to have relationships with women, apparently a byproduct of his strict upbringing we learn via flashbacks. It is by turns provocative, funny, and pretentious, but always interesting and definitely quirky. Kaye is well cast as the man-child in search of beauty while Best is lovely as one of the objects of his affection. Among the amusing characters are the philosophical postman and Best's hack artist boyfriend. Cox directs with a sense of freshness, helped considerably by the ever-present music from Donizetti's "Lucia di Lammermoor." The flashback scenes of Kaye's childhood are tinged with Oedipal feelings, simultaneously sad and erotic.


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