Mary Poppins Returns
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Quirky and carefully photographed, Paul Cox's "Man of Flowers" is offbeat fun, a pleasantly languorous descent down the slopes of perversity.
Charles is a lonely man who nonetheless finds beauty in the world, and Cox finds beauty in him. A beauty that is only reinforced by Yuri Sokol's cinematography including a sunrise at film's end that could be confused with a painting by Turner.
An extraordinary psychodrama of a lonely man and his yearnings.
Strikes a fine balance between quirky humor and poignancy.
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.
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