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Man of Flowers (1983)




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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 hang-ups (but deliberately does not) features German director Werner Herzog in an unbilled cameo as Kaye's father. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi


Norman Kaye
as Charles Bremer
Julia Blake
as Art teacher
Bob Ellis
as Psychiatrist
Patrick Cook
as Coppershop Man
Lirit Bilu
as florist
Dawn Klingberg
as Cleaning Lady
Tony Llewellyn-Jones
as Church Warden
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Critic Reviews for Man of Flowers

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (1)

Quirky and carefully photographed, Paul Cox's "Man of Flowers" is offbeat fun, a pleasantly languorous descent down the slopes of perversity.

January 2, 2018 | Full Review…

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.

March 4, 2017 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

An extraordinary psychodrama of a lonely man and his yearnings.

August 19, 2004 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Strikes a fine balance between quirky humor and poignancy.

April 2, 2004 | Rating: A | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Man of Flowers


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.

Mark Abell
Mark Abell

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