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Man of Flowers

Man of Flowers (1983)

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Release Date: Sep 22, 1983 Wide

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The Australian Man of Flowers stars Norman Kaye in the title role. A painter, Kaye has earned his nickname from his beautifully rendered flower portraits. He uses his artistic skills as a means of channelling his repressed sexual yearnings, especially his feelings towards nude model Alyson Best. When flowers no longer quench his carnal thirsts, Kaye expresses himself on his pipe organ, hammering out impassioned songs as a sort of musical cold shower. A flashback, which is meant to explain Kaye's

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Drama, Art House & International, Comedy

Bob Ellis

Apr 12, 2005

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An extraordinary psychodrama of a lonely man and his yearnings.

August 19, 2004 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

Strikes a fine balance between quirky humor and poignancy.

April 2, 2004 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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Utterly mesmerising and hauntingly beautiful, Man of Flowers joins the long list of underrated/overlooked great Australian films. It's quite funny too. I admit, the only reason I watched it is because it starred Werner Herzog, who doesn't actually have any dialogue - but this is made up for the fact that Norman Kaye is just as captivating, both in his performance and in his voice. I was transfixed and thoroughly entertained throughout. Paul Cox is a director I'm going to seek out - how this film has been overlooked is a mystery to me!
January 12, 2012
SirPant

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Man of Flowers is a strange little film, a product of the eighties, that shows a little skin and hands out a great deal of woo-woo mysticism in the process. The characters are drawn pretty thinly, the problems that each character faces are somewhat formulaic, and the print is dated. But there are a few bright spots. Norman Kaye, plays the eccentric, shy, Charles Bremer with an aristocratic reserve that is almost (almost) believable. Lisa (Alyson Best) is a beautiful young woman torn between this gentle soul and an abusive boyfriend, David (Chris Haywood), who is a tortured, has-been artist with several problems of his own. And Jane (Sarah Walker) is a girlfriend who offers Lisa relationship advice, but has designs on Lisa for herself. What little we know of what led Charles to this is told through flash-backs that appear as dreams, a device that is not entirely effective. It was entertaining, just not very.
January 4, 2011
Mark Abell

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