- Rated: R
- Run Time: 1 hours, 40 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: April 12, 2005
- Originally Released: 1996
- Label: Sony Pictures
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen - 1.85
- Dolby Stereo - Spanish
- Subtitles - English - Closed Captioning
- Subtitles - English, French - Optional
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Memorable Quotes and Dialog:
"No war compares to you."
- Paco (Imanol Arias) to Leo (Marisa Paredes)
Rolling Stone - 04/04/1996
"...[A] darkly comic and uncommonly tender tale..."
Sight and Sound - 02/01/1996
"...Deliberately finer-grained and more mature....Marisa Paredes gives a performance of great interior power..."
Entertainment Weekly - 12/06/1996
"...[Almodovar] returns to form....As tart as ever..." -- Rating: B+
USA Today - 03/07/1996
"...It's Almodovar's most committed work in years..." -- 3 out of 4 stars
Variety - 09/25/1995
"...Propelled by stellar performances and a script that resonates with intelligence, subtlety and surprises..."
Film Comment - 11/01/1995
"...For Almodovar color is a wholly serious index to the soul, which is more unguardedly on display here than ever before in his work..."
THE FLOWER OF MY SECRET is a surprisingly restrained film (no drag queens, raunchy sex, or murders) from Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar, and is considered one of his best. Romance novelist Leo (Marisa Paredes) experiences a nervous breakdown when she realizes her U.N. peacekeeper husband (Imanol Arias) no longer loves her, and the morbid novel she has just finished will never be accepted by her profit-minded publisher. Depressed, alcoholic, and suicidal, she begins to write for a Spanish newspaper under a pseudonym, starting with a scathing critique of her previous, best-selling work. The paper's hard-drinking, overweight editor Ángel (Juan Echanove) falls in love with Leo, never realizing the "flower of her secret"--that her other pen name is Amanda Gris, and that she is the writer of the romance novels he loves. The delightful cast includes Rossy De Palma and Chus Lampreave--hilarious as Leo's constantly bickering sister and mother--and Carmen Elías as her best friend, a woman who trains doctors in soliciting organ donations from grieving relatives. Almodóvar fills this beautiful film with sharply realized scenes, rich helpings of Spanish flavor, and a vibrant compassion for his characters.
Struggling with her failing marriage and her desire to become a serious writer, a longtime romance novelist takes a job as a literary critic at a Madrid newspaper. Hired under a false name to review one of her own novels, she and her new editor begin to develop a warm admiration--which makes things especially sticky when her husband comes back to town.
- Theatrical release: March 8, 1996.
- THE FLOWER OF MY SECRET was screened at the 1995 New York and San Sebastian Film Festivals.
- Filmed in Madrid, Spain.
- Maria Paredes appears in more than 40 films, including Pedro Almodóvar's ALL ABOUT MY MOTHER and Roberto Benigni's LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL.