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The Flower of My Secret


Pedro Almodóvar

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About the Movie

"The Flower of My Secret" is the new film from Pedro Almodovar, Spanish director of such avant garde hits as "Women On the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown" and High Heels. Leo (Marisa Paredes) is a bestselling author of romantic fiction, but has been writing under a pseudonym name for years. Now in the middle of her life, Leo has reached a creative and emotional crisis. Tired of producing popular fiction when her heart yearns to write truly great literature, her very success has become a burden to her; unable to accept that her marriage to Paco (Imanol Arias) is rapidly disintegrating, Leo finds herself at a crossroads in her life. Even Leo's mother and sister can offer no consolation as they constantly bicker with one another. The one ray of hope in Leo's life comes from Angel (Juan Echanove), the editor of the newspaper El Pais, who offers her a job as a critic for a national arts supplement. Leo's first assignment brings her face to face with her alter-ego causing an examination of her true identity, her deepest motivations and, most importantly, the direction of her life after Paco.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 23
  • Fresh: 19
  • Rotten: 4
  • Average Rating: 7.0/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Though The Flower of My Secret is a slight work, it is a pleasing return to form. – Caryn James, New York Times, Jul 16, 2008

Fresh: Secret isn't the usual romp, but it's Almodovar's most committed work in years. – Mike Clark, USA Today, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: An intimate, beautifully wrought work, it reflects a new maturity in Almodovar's work and is one of his best pictures. – Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times, Jun 24, 2010

Rotten: Likely to be disappointing to Almodovar's admirers, and inexplicable to anyone else. – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times, Jul 7, 2010

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Customer Reviews

More Almodovar

I haven't seen an Almodovar movie that I haven't loved. Wish itunes could bring us more Almodovar.

Two thumbs up

This movie is just wonderful. I've rented it and consider buying it because I feel I could watch it over and over. It gives you stuff to think about, it's full of symbolic meanings, images etc, and at the same it's pure fun to watch it. It's a bit like a fairy tale... I wish Almodovar would more often make a "comedy-romance" (if one wants to call it that). Only very rarey do I happen to watch such a good movie. Almost never.

Wonderful Almodovar!

He gets so much right. His understanding of the complexities of the relationship between humans is spot on. He gets the insecurities, the desire and betrayals right. In this unequal game of love and family, he shows us what is happening and makes us the better for it. I love the rich mis en scene he continually creates. Wherever it is, it is always true to his characters and reality. What a fine director. What wonderful movies. My query is WHY does iTunes carry only two of his films. What's up with that! He is such a great filmmaker! More please.