Leo writes trashy romance novels under a pseudonym but as she struggles in her relationship with her husband, she finds her output becoming darker.


Pedro Almodóvar
5 wins & 13 nominations. See more awards »





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 ... Doctor B
Jordi Mollà ... Doctor A
Alicia Agut Alicia Agut ... Vecina A
Marisol Muriel Marisol Muriel ... Bailarina


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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Every woman has a secret...


Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Did You Know?


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 »


Alicia: Reality! We have enough reality in our homes! Reality is for newspapers and TV. Look at the result. With so much reality, the country's ready to explode! Reality should be banned!
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References Casablanca (1942) See more »


En el último trago
Written by José Alfredo Jiménez
Performed by Chavela Vargas
© BMG EDIM S.A. de C.V.
Autorizada para España a Ediciones musicales B.M.G. ARIOLA, S.A.
Grabación realizada durante la actuación en el Teatro Albeniz
(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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Melodrama Almodovar-style
18 February 2008 | by lastliberalSee all my reviews

Only Pedro Almodovar can do a melodrama that crosses genres like this film. In one sense, this is a film that you would expect to see on Lifetime.

Marisa Paredes (All About My Mother, Life is Beautiful) is nothing less than outstanding a a writer that is going through a crisis with a husband (Imanol Arias) that does not love her anymore. There is, of course, a crisis with her mother (Chus Lampreave - Volver) at the same time. Then, she finds out that it is her best friend that is having an affair with her husband, and there are profession problems at the same time. Sounds just like a Lifetime movie, doesn't it? But, Almodovar manages to give us a great story with his twists. Laughs are generous as comedic situations occur throughout. It's like wanting to laugh at something at a funeral. It happens, and we just have to deal with it.

Juan Echanove (who supposedly gave a great performance in Alatriste, the film that I have been waiting for release theatrically, or on DVD) is superb as Ángel, the newspaper editor who fulfills a dream to write romance novels. and who is in love with Leo (Parades).

It is just another great film from Almodovar that defies a description that would ever do it justice. Only experiencing his films can ever be pleasure.

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Release Date:

8 March 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Flower of My Secret See more »


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Opening Weekend USA:

$13,399, 13 August 2006

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CiBy 2000, El Deseo See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital


Color (Eastmancolor)

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1.85 : 1
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