Chris Nashawaty
October 29, 2015 AT 09:32 PM EDT

Flowers

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
Unrated
runtime
99 minutes
Limited Release Date
10/30/15
performer
Itziar Ituno, Nagore Aranburu, Itziar Aizpuru
director
Jon Garano, Jose Mari Goenaga
genre
Drama

We gave it a B-

Spain’s submission for this year’s Best Foreign Film Oscar, Flowers is a leisurely paced philosophical drama about three women whose lives overlap in unexpected (if not always engaging) ways. Mysterious and tinged with tragedy, the bittersweet import has some truly lovely moments, like when the menopausal Ane (Nagore Aranburu) receives an avalanche of flowers from an anonymous admirer. But the film is undercut by long metaphorical stretches that dampen their impact. B–

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