Flowers | Chicago Reader

Flowers

100 minutes 2015

"Dead people are dead, end of story," the widow of a construction worker tells his grieving mother. "Yes, especially when we forget about them," the mother retorts. Her notion of life sustained in the hearts of others is essential to this Spanish melodrama, in which the two women—along with a coworker of the dead man who develops a years-long fixation with him—negotiate their personal loss. Directors Jon Garaño and Jose Mari Goenaga elicit solid performances from their cast but tend to overstate nearly every narrative beat; the film ably examines the processes of grief but withholds any meaningful emotional rewards in favor of too-neat coincidences. With Itziar Ituño, Nagore Aranburu, and Itziar Aizpuru. In Basque with subtitles.

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