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Flower of my Secret (The)

A Feature film by Pedro Almodovar

Produced by Ciby 2000

Release in France : 27/09/1995

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Executive Producer :

Ciby 2000

Film exports/foreign sales :

Tamasa Distribution

Foreign production company :

El Deseo

French distribution :

Ciby Distribution

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Leo, under the pen name Amanda Gris, is Spain's queen of the romance novel. But at forty her failed marriage is wrecking her life. She has writer's block. Her husband, Paco, a NATO official, lives in Brussels. He takes this opportunity to leave her. This almost kills Léo. She decides to "commit suicide", artistically, by destroying her life's work, following her encounter with Angel, editor of the cultural section in "El Pais" and "fan" of Amanda Gris... Angel will become her friend.


"This film marks a return to form to Pedro Almodovar. It contains a hidden autobiographical dimension, as in "The Law of Desire", nostalgia for the countryside, far from the loneliness and distress of the city, the underlying theme of "What Have I Done to Deserve This ?", and the capacity to create different facets of reality, as in "Tie Me Up ! Tie Me Down !". All this without forsaking the female comedy trademark that is carried off to perfection here by the magnificent Chus Lampreave and the unclassifiable Rossy de Palma. But "The Flower of My Secret" would be nothing without Marisa Paredes. The almost perfect identification that Almodovar had with Carmen Mora (...) has turned into total harmony with Marisa Paredes. Unlike Carmen, Marisa isn't Pedro's puppet but his defiant equal and it's this encounter that makes the film so perfect."

(Nuria Vidal - Journalist)

Full credits (10)

Line Producer :

Augustin Almodovar

Director of Photography :

Affonso Beato

Production manager :

Esther Garcia

Editor :

José Salcedo

Music Composer :

Alberto Iglesias

Screenwriter :

Pedro Almodovar

Sound Recordist :

Bernardo Menz

Press Attaché (film) :

Jérome Jouneaux

Production Designers :

Wolfgang Burmann, Miguel Lopez-Pelegrin

Costume designer :

Hugo Mezcua

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Feature film

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Spain, France

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Minority French (Spain, France)

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Runtime :

1 h 42 min

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Posters (1)


Festival Selections

Shanghai - International Film Festival - 2007

Shanghai - International Film Festival (China, 2007)


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