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The Flower of My Secret (1995)

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For years, Leo has been writing bestselling romantic novels (under the pseudonym Amanda Gris), but with her personal life in shambles, she finds it impossible to produce such sunny material. Unable to accept that her troubled marriage to Paco is over, Leo finds herself creatively and emotionally blocked. She finds little consolation from her mother and sister Rosa, who are so busy bickering with each other that they don't notice Leo's distress, and her best friend Betty, a psychologist who is secretly having an affair with Paco. One bright point is a new friendship with Angel, cultural editor of the daily paper El Pais, who unknowingly hires her to write an attack on her nom de plume, Amanda Gris.

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Cast

Marisa Paredes
as Leo Macias
Kiti Manver
as Manuela
Nancho Novo
as Doctor B
Jordi Molla
as Doctor A
Alicia Agut
as Neighbor A
Teresa Ibanez
as neighbor B
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Critic Reviews for The Flower of My Secret

All Critics (23) | Top Critics (10)

Though The Flower of My Secret is a slight work, it is a pleasing return to form.

May 20, 2003
New York Times
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The movie is full of familiar Almodovar fare, but it feels freshened.

December 11, 2002
Washington Post
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An intimate, beautifully wrought work, it reflects a new maturity in Almodovar's work and is one of his best pictures.

Full Review… | February 14, 2001
Los Angeles Times
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It's bland as often as it is affecting, and presents little that's new or original.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
ReelViews
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Likely to be disappointing to Almodovar's admirers, and inexplicable to anyone else.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
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It slowly unfolds from a narrow satire into a romance that's rich with real-life bitterness.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Salon.com
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Audience Reviews for The Flower of My Secret

Minor but not less entertaining Almodóvar, filled with his usual visual flair and bizarre and soapoperarish trademarks.

Matheus Carvalho
Matheus Carvalho

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A romance novel writer attempts to save her failing marriage while pursued by her new editor. This Almodovar film is simple and simplistic melodrama. There are all the elements: an overly emotional protagonist who obsesses over the wrong man and tries to kill herself, a family drama with a dying mother, and some coincidences too coincidental to be believed. All of the film's flaws notwithstanding, I found Almodovar's dialogue less stilted and her characters a little more realistic than I normally do, so there were some diamonds in the rough. But overall, it's mostly rough.

Jim Hunter
Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer

½

A little more 'mainstream' than the Almodóvar I've come to know and love, but still very enjoyable.

Randy Tippy
Randy Tippy

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