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La Flor (2018)

La flor (original title)
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A film in six episodes, connected by the same four actresses, full of various subplots that play with narrative and different cinematic genres , everything structured in an unusual way.

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Mariano Llinás

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Mariano Llinás
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Credited cast:
Elisa Carricajo Elisa Carricajo ... Marcela / Isabella / Agente 50 / Actrices de 'La Arnia' / Ag. Beuaregard / Fifi / Sarah S. Evans
Valeria Correa Valeria Correa ... Yanina / Andrea Nigro / La niña / Actrices de 'La Arnia' / Reina del Aire / Mausi / La niña Mestiza
Pilar Gamboa Pilar Gamboa ... La X / Victoria / Theresa / Actrices de 'La Arnia' / Sr. St. Hilaire / Condesa Grinecka / Mujer Criolla
Laura Paredes Laura Paredes ... Lucia Conti / Flavia / La 301 / Actrices de 'La Arnia' / Ag. Beausdeil / La Colombetta / Madre de la niña
Esteban Lamothe Esteban Lamothe ... Gaucho Turístico 1
Pablo Seijo Pablo Seijo ... Gatto
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Luciana Acuña Luciana Acuña ... La Madre
Paula Acuña Paula Acuña ... Sra. Malpensa
Coyi Aguiar Coyi Aguiar ... Madre de Yanina (voice)
Azul Aizenberg Azul Aizenberg ... Personal Lubianka
Juanse Segundo Alamos Juanse Segundo Alamos ... Chinos (as Juan Segundo Alamos)
Fernanda Alarcón Fernanda Alarcón ... Enfermeras lúbricas
Pablo Coya Albornoz Pablo Coya Albornoz ... Ricky (singing voice) (as Pablo Rafael 'el coya' Albounoz)
Eugenia Alonso Eugenia Alonso ... Madre de Yanina
María Rosa Andreotti María Rosa Andreotti ... Personal Lubianka (as Ma. Rosa Andreotti)
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Feature film broadcast in 4 parts. "La Flor" robs the cinema in six episodes. Each episode corresponds to a cinematographic genre. The first is a B-series, as the Americans used to do. The second is a musical melodrama with a hint of mystery. The third is a spy movie. The fourth is an abyss of cinema. The fifth revisits an old French film. The sixth speaks of captive women in the 19th century. My all forms "La Flor". These six episodes, these six genres have one thing in common: their four actresses. From one episode to another, "La Flor" changes radically universe, and each actress moves from one world to another, from one fiction to another, from one job to another, as in a masked ball. It is the actresses who advance the story, it is they too that as and when the film reveals. At the end of the story, at the end of the film, all these images will eventually draw up their four portraits. Written by ARP Sélection

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The film's title, which means "The Flower" in English, refers to its unique structure. The first four stories have a beginning but no end. The fifth story has a beginning and an end, and the final story has an end but no beginning. The director explains this in the film's prologue by sketching a diagram with curved lines and arrows, the shape of which resembles a flower, and which is also used on the film's artwork. See more »

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References A Day in the Country (1946) See more »

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Yo Soy el Fuego
Music by Gabriel Chwojnik
Lyrics by Mariano Llinás
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Pointless, pretentious and boring
10 April 2019 | by FrenchEddieFelsonSee all my reviews

Ô miracle, I managed to see the four opuses. Superb exercise of obstinacy, perseverance and self-denial, because, frankly, I severely fought against boredom and even sleep.

Pros: the four main actresses Elisa Carricajo, Valeria Correa, Pilar Gamboa and Laura Paredes are remarkable. With a special mention for the scene during which Pilar Gamboa is of an incredible verbal violence, on the phone, summoning the distant interlocutor to choose sides. She really scared me! And Elisa Carricajo is irresistibly gorgeous.

Cons: this movie is a huge labyrinth and, when stuck in a dead end, you are teleported to another place, without understanding how or why. I was naively hoping that the fourth and final opus would complete the three previous ones and then offer a global picture for this endless work. In vain! What is the interest of this film for a viewer? Especially the last opus which is the worst of all. I objectively admit that some scenes are worthy of interest, about 40/60 minutes versus a vertiginous total of 800! About 5% of the film approximately ...

A posteriori, I did not understand at all the short speech of the director Mariano Llinás who tries to explain, at the beginning of the first opus, the choice of the name La Flor and the drawing on the poster which would be closely related to the structure of the film itself, theoretically speaking. Honestly, why a flower? Why not consider a dog with 5 legs, 1/2 tail and 1 head, or an ice cream with 6 scoops of 6 distinct flavors and whipped cream, or quite simply an empty poster? Mariano Llinás seriously needs to stop smoking hash and hiding himself behind a facade of a two-penny poet. This film was even presented at the festival of Biarritz (south of France) dedicated to Latin America, in competition with the masterpiece La noche de 12 años (2018) and the excellent Pájaros de verano (2018). The Biarrots should definitely learn to sorting out the wheat from the chavs. Anyway, if you are an insomniac and are looking for a sleeping pill, La Flor is the solution, even if it's hardly swallow-able.


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Release Date:

2 August 2019 (USA) See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$2,308, 11 August 2019

Gross USA:

$4,032

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,032
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