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The Horrible Flowers (2006)

Afraid of her imminent success, Bettina, the leader of a threadbare garage band, nearly destroys herself when she returns to Minneapolis to the husband and child she left behind.


Eric Tretbar


Eric Tretbar




Cast overview, first billed only:
Emily Cline Emily Cline ... Bettina
Scott Michael Foster ... Billy (as Scott M. Foster)
Rena Owen ... Linda
Ozzy Benn ... Karl
Alex Baker ... Ron
Jaimi Paige ... Isa
Charles Brin Charles Brin ... Grandpa
Ron 'C' Collier II Ron 'C' Collier II ... Nate
Matt Cronk Matt Cronk ... Mr. Chops
Paul Christiensen Paul Christiensen ... Slow Mike
Meeni Naqvi ... Samantha
Dahli Langer Dahli Langer ... Sherri
Joe Minjares Joe Minjares ... Bennett
Katherine Ferrand Katherine Ferrand ... Mom
Nick Settick Nick Settick ... Nick


After 15 years of slogging along with her garage rock band, THE HORRIBLE FLOWERS, Bettina gets The Call. On the road for another $25-a-night tour of nowheresville, Bettina's booking agent tells her to get to Chicago where, the next day, they'll catch a plane for their big-break European tour. They've finally made it. But Bettina has her doubts. She fears that she abandoned the husband (her old drummer) and child she left behind in Minneapolis the year before. Before she can embrace the success for which she's sacrificed everything, she must make peace with her past. Using a convenient excuse of 'saving' two desperate teens fleeing from the tour bus of Linda, her malicious rival, Bettina returns to Minneapolis, orchestrates a break-down, and visits her husband and child. Once she sees them, her fears and doubts overwhelm her. She begs her husband to take her back, and he grudgingly agrees. But both of them know she's not made for cozy domesticity like he is. The painful truth that ...

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Bloody marvellous
27 June 2006 | by paul-blezardSee all my reviews

A winner of the Berlin Film Fest audience award and Independent Spirit Award nominee, Eric's Tretbar's previous works include "The Usual" and his Sundance Channel debut "Snow".

"The Horrible Flowers" is his reworking of the Orpheus myth told through the prism of rock and roll garage bands, and it is proof positive that Tretbar, long touted as "someone to watch" has now very firmly arrived.

This is a fine piece of work for it's writing, direction, photography and for some utterly captivating performances, not least, from Emily Cline in the role of Bettina.

There is a corking soundtrack which drives the narrative forward, interspersed with incidental music from Tretbar's own fretboard which evokes Neil Young's score for Jarmusch's "Dead Man".

This isn't meant to be a hagiography, but I must confess, I'm a fan.


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2 September 2007 (USA) See more »

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Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

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