The Flower (La flor) Reviews

November 3, 2020
Though aspects of La Flor could be called experimental or perverse, it's hardly a dry abstraction.
April 13, 2020
A rapturous tribute to literature and music. [Full review in Spanish]
April 7, 2020
A poem of the unfinished and the imperfect, The Flower is a tribute to broken sentences and badly placed commas [Full Review in Spanish]
March 26, 2020
The film's very structure suggests a literary experiment... La Flor is an exercise in the pleasures of storytelling.
February 27, 2020
The sheer variety within La Flor keeps it engaging even through its mammoth running time. It toys with form in addition to narrative and performance.
January 18, 2020
This is, in addition to being a busily post-modern object, a heck of a lot of fun.
September 20, 2019
It's such a varied, shifting experience that by the time everything is done, you feel like you've been in a whirlwind affair with cinema itself.
September 13, 2019
In the end, as was said in the beginning, if La Flor is endurable it's not because of its genre games, M.C. Escher structure or even the occasional well-tailored anecdote, but because of its star quartet.
September 12, 2019
You will no doubt bail out at some point - but that's part of the deal. Llinás has done enough to make sure we come back.
September 12, 2019
captivating rumination on the artist-muse relationship, creativity writ large and the breaking down of narrative, La Flor is one of the very best films of 2019
September 11, 2019
An endlessly playful and playfully endless riot. Wildly, staggeringly entertaining.
August 2, 2019
A theoretically interesting, but consistently unrewarding formal experiment.
August 2, 2019
By the time the thirteen and a half hours are up, Llinás has gone to the ends of esoteric inaccessibility only to remind us of what makes cinema so indelibly popular: Beautiful images of beautiful people just doing things.
August 1, 2019
Centuries from now, you could imagine a collector digging it out of obscurity, dusting it off and setting out to solve its puzzles.
August 1, 2019
A landmark in filmmaking.
July 31, 2019
And lest the runtime lead you to believe that the film is boring, know that its stories contain everything from mummies and scorpion toxin to spy-versus-spy skullduggery, none of which takes itself too seriously; if anything, it's a total romp.
July 30, 2019
Some image-based narrative works aren't really movies or television. They're just events.
October 13, 2018
It is confidential and slightly uncomfortable and beautiful and unflinchingly honest in its longing-an honesty that could only obtain the emotional release that it does by first working its way through a tremendous amount of make-believe.
October 6, 2018
The arc of La Flor's first three episodes, in particular, suggests someone continually working and reworking the film of their dreams, adjusting the tone, the approach, the narrative twists and the emotional intensity on the fly.
September 19, 2018
Ambitious. Risky. Epic. Unclassifiable. La Flor is an act of pure love. [Full Review in Spanish]