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 Gris is Leo's nom de plume. Nominated for several Goya awards, La Flor de Mi Secreto also stars Carmen Elías and Rossy de Palma. ~ Matthew Tobey, Rovi
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This is definitely one of Almodovar's best. Complex, fascinating characters that are at once sympathetic and pathetic, funny, touching...everything. One minute they're embroiled in complex emotions, next minute something totally absurd comes out. Excellent story line too. Great movie, I'd recommend it to anyone.
He's tackled loss before but never with such clarity and purity. In each of his films He succeds in shocking us with the depts of his deprived mind, in this one he opens the door to his true self and gives us a peek of whats trully driving him. I cant ignore the similarities between him and his heroine, who writes filthy trashy novels under a nome de plume, violent depraved monstrosities under another one, and yet under another one writes about literature for a legitimate newspaper.
It is almost as if the flower of his secret is himself. Absolutely loved it, you will too.
Not only is this film brimming with theatrical and aesthetic wonder, it is also impeccably written. The words dance out of the actors' mouths and astound with poignant yet often hilarious realism. I feel blessed to be bilingual. I don't know to what degree subtitles can dilute the pleasure of watching this film, but it cannot be enough to deprive one of such an exquisite experience.
The film is about accepting and evercoming emotional loss. For those reluctant to watch a foreign film, the message of this film is particularly appropriate -some may say it offers a cure.