The Flower of My Secret (La Flor de mi secreto)
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The Flower of My Secret (La Flor de mi secreto)
From Spanish director Pedro Almodóvar (Live Flesh, All About My Mother) comes this offbeat drama about Leo Macías (Marisa Paredes), a romance novelist who writes her trashy tomes under the pseudonym Amanda Gris. When her marriage begins to dissolve, Leo finds herself falling into despair, leading her to drink and lose her knack for writing her tawdry tales. Out of her turmoil, she writes a bleak novel that garners no attention. To make matters worse, Ángel (Juan Echanove), a newspaper editor with a romantic interest in Leo, hires her to write a scathing review of Amanda Gris, not realizing… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 83%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Though The Flower of My Secret is a slight work, it is a pleasing return to form."
‑ Caryn James, New York Times
"It slowly unfolds from a narrow satire into a romance that's rich with real-life bitterness."
‑ Scott Rosenberg,
"If it isn't as successful as his very best work, neither is it a failure -- and there are certainly enough Alomodovarisms to bring a smile to anyone's face"
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"I found this dramatization a mature Almodovar work, perceptive and cutting through in an incisive way to the everyday problems in life that wear people down."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Almodovar has created a film that offers hope to all mad lovers who need it."
‑ Barry Walters, San Francisco Examiner
"The movie is full of familiar Almodovar fare, but it feels freshened."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"It's bland as often as it is affecting, and presents little that's new or original."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"Dramatizes the contentious relationship between fiction and reality."
‑ Nick Schager, Lessons of Darkness
"Depicts the magical turnaround in the life of a writer of romance novels."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"For the most part it is an absorbing story."
‑ Liz Braun, Jam! Movies
"An intimate, beautifully wrought work, it reflects a new maturity in Almodovar's work and is one of his best pictures."
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"If Leo appears to be doing some more or less orthodox movie-style suffering -- crying jags, a suicide attempt and the like -- perhaps that's just what she's supposed to be doing."
‑ Jeff Millar, Houston Chronicle
"an archetypal romantic comedy that reshapes the mold"
‑ Christopher Null,
"Seems to go in a dozen directions at once but ties up in the final reel into a tight, cohesive and enjoyable whole."
‑ Alex Albanese, Boxoffice Magazine
"The film is attentive as well to the clichs that constitute reality and cinematic realism. It manages such complexities by highlighting Almodovar's own exceptional visual sensibility, which crosses over all kinds of boundaries."
‑ Cynthia Fuchs, Philadelphia City Paper
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