of Flowers/ B+,C
Charles Bremer lives in a rich suburban
environment surrounded by beautiful things limited only by his own
crippled narrow emotional focus. Flowers speak to him, they enrich his
static existence. Bremer worships beauty. Bremer's childhood memories are defocused erotic
flashes of his mother and other women that come into his household. His
father serves as an arm of admonishment. The secret of Bremer's present
lies somewhere in this past.
piddles away the day waiting for something. ŠImage
Every Wednesday, Bremer's little flower Lisa arrives
at his elegant home to perform a tantalizing strip accompanied by beautiful operatic
strains. Charles gazes with little or no expression. It's as if
passion has been stripped from his life. It's a ritual, much
like looking at his flowers. When aroused emotionally, Charles crosses
through his garden to the church across the street and plays the organ.
It's his release.
Lisa lives with a once fashionable artist whose now
on hard times and hard drugs. She begins to rely on her Wednesday Bremer
visits with a sense of desperation. It's only a matter of time before the
in her life collide with interesting effect.
Norman Kaye is eerily on the mark as Charles. He's
detached yet crying to be involved in some way. His emotional rigidly is
reflected in every movement. Alyson Best gives Lisa a
Writer/director Paul Cox blends his flashbacks memory
with a natural sense. The small patient movie is much life a brilliant
still life painting, motionless but vital. This is a first class
Happily, the transfer does not get in the way of
enjoying this fascinating film. Source elements are not the greatest.
Film grain is heavy, but consistent. Resolution is less than par. At
least the image is not edgy. Color is good. The paintings and flowers
retain a vitality. Shadow detail is adequate. Blacks achieve deep
levels. Dialogue on the Dolby Digital Mono soundtrack is easy enough to understand. The music is rather thin
but still effective.
A sexy Chinese noir. Bold colors paint
stirring emotions in a small provincial town.
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