Melissa Pierson
December 06, 1996 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Flower of My Secret

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
103 minutes
performer
Marisa Paredes, Rossy De Palma
director
Pedro Almodovar
author
Pedro Almodovar
genre
Drama, Comedy, Foreign Language

We gave it an B+

Who else but director Pedro Almodóvar could effortlessly connect organ transplants with tight boots, flamenco dancing, Bogart in Casablanca, and a screaming contest? The Spanish director returns to form with The Flower of My Secret, a comedy-drama about a romance writer (Paredes) whose marriage is crumbling. Typically, Almodóvar bends melodramatic conventions — think Joan Crawford movies, but with irony and humor. Besides, Crawford never had a costar like Almodovar regular De Palma, who is hilarious as the writer’s argumentative sister. Even when this bad-boy auteur shows signs of mellowing, his touch remains as tart as ever. B+

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