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The Flower of My Secret(La flor de mi secreto)

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Spain, France · 1995
Rated R · 1h 47m
Director Pedro Almodóvar
Starring Marisa Paredes, Juan Echanove, Carme Elias, Rossy de Palma
Genre Drama, Romance

Leocadia writes cheesy romance novels that are beloved by many. You'd never guess that her own love life is pretty miserable. Her husband is cold and distant, and even her writing is beginning to suffer from it.

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The New York Times by

[Almodovar’s] returns to the mordant but sympathetic comedy of his early, best work. Though the new film is not as antic as "Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown," it is funny and free of the nasty undertone that has made him seem tired and tiresome lately.


Christian Science Monitor by David Sterritt

Pedro Almodovar's Spanish drama is his most involving work since the comedy "Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown," but its mood of ironic melancholy doesn't hold up enough to make the picture a full success.


Empire by Emma Cochrane

Almodóvar lets rip with a story of great emotional intensity, while retaining his signature stunning visual style and a central performance quite unlike anything previously seen in his work. A potent and strikingly well-delivered combination.


Chicago Reader by Jonathan Rosenbaum

Pedro Almodovar's 1995 comic melodrama seems in many ways his most mature work, in theme as well as execution.... Almodovar's control over the material and his affection for his characters never falter.


Austin Chronicle by Marjorie Baumgarten

Though The Flower of My Secret is not as crazed as "Women on the Verge," the movie marks the return of Almodóvar's delicious humor and a departure from the nastier streak that this Spanish director has been on recently.

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