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The Flower of My Secret (1995)

La flor de mi secreto (original title)
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 »

Director:

Pedro Almodóvar

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Marisa Paredes ... Leo Macías
Juan Echanove ... Ángel
Carme Elias ... Betty
Rossy de Palma ... Rosa
Chus Lampreave ... Madre de Leo
Kiti Mánver ... Manuela (as Kiti Manver)
Joaquín Cortés ... Antonio
Manuela Vargas Manuela Vargas ... Blanca
Imanol Arias ... Paco
Gloria Muñoz ... Alicia
Juan José Otegui ... Tomás
Nancho Novo Nancho Novo ... Doctor B
Jordi Mollà ... Doctor A
Alicia Agut Alicia Agut ... Vecina A
Marisol Muriel Marisol Muriel ... Bailarina
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

Every woman has a secret...

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and brief sexuality | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

Sony Classics

Country:

Spain | France

Language:

Spanish | French

Release Date:

8 March 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Flower of My Secret See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$1,162,000
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Company Credits

Production Co:

CiBy 2000,El Deseo See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Connections

References Rich and Famous (1981) See more »

Soundtracks

Tonada de luna llena
Written by Simón Díaz
Performed by Caetano Veloso
© Selemúsica, C.A.
Autorizada para España a Ediciones musicales B.M.G. ARIOLA, S.A.
Por cortesía de POLYGRAM
(p) 1995 POLYGRAM IBERICA, S.A., por acuerdo con EL DESEO, S.A. - CIBY 2000
© 1995 EL DESEO, S.A., - CIBY 2000
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Abandoned in Madrid
23 May 2005 | by gcotrellSee all my reviews

Flor is one of Pedro's understated best. The incomparable Marisa Paredes gives this film its ultimate power. Her extraordinary face details every nuance of the loss of her marriage--"abandonment," as Sr. Almodovar labels it. The rich flamenco scenes reframe the passion and pain Marisa's character moves through during the film. And as nearly always, Sr. A. pays homage here to other works that have informed his vision--a barrage of brilliant and troubled women writers (Djuna Barnes, Dorothy Parker, Carson McCullers, et al.), and "Casablanca" and "Rich and Famous," for instance. I thank God for Pedro. Without him, life would be as the lyrics of the Bola de Nieve song in this film--"no me dejes vivir."


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