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Flowers(Loreak)

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Spain
·
2014

1h 39m

Director Jon Garaño, Jose Mari Goenaga
Starring Josean Bengoetxea, Itziar Aizpuru, Itziar Ituño, Nagore Aranburu
Genre Drama
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Ane, a lonely woman in her forties, has her world turned around when she begins to receive a weekly bouquet of flowers from an anonymous sender. As she attempts to solve the identity of her secret admirer, Ane finds herself slowly rediscovering the vibrancy of life, and what it means to start anew.

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80

The Hollywood Reporter by

Flowers is an emotionally precise, subtle and quietly gripping exploration of the romance and remembrance that they evoke.
60

Village Voice by Abby Garnett

Pulled in too many directions, the film's subtle mood-building starts to feel intentionally oblique, the force of its characters and symbols lessened by a frustrating circuitousness.
60

The New York Times by Andy Webster

To its benefit, it has rich roles for, and splendid performances by, its three principal actresses. To its detriment, their characters are each in their own way pining for the same man, whose simple actions in life seem undeserving of their considerable exertions after his demise.
63

Slant Magazine by Chuck Bowen

Everyone heals, or doesn't heal, on cue, and the initial pathos of the narrative is dulled by the architecture of its through lines.
75

The Playlist by Gary Garrison

Letting such a film slip into the melodramatic could have been very easy. But Garaño and Goenaga tactfully navigate the delicacies of death and the difficulties (and guilt) of life with a quiet poise that make for a film that is as enriching as it is disheartening.
70

Variety by Jay Weissberg

The three lead actresses, beautifully cast, form just enough of a contrast to each other to create extratextual tension while maintaining a high degree of sympathy.
50

Los Angeles Times by Robert Abele

Flowers is too exquisitely formalist — symmetric framings followed by willfully asymmetric shots — to ever feel flushed with real feeling.