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Wednesday, Jan 13 2016

Jon Garaño and Jose Mari Goenaga's Flowers is a mystery about the impact of little things, particularly little things that carry heavy emotional baggage, such as the title flora. Stuck in a passionless marriage and hitting menopause sooner than is at all fair, construction-site receptionist Ane (Nagore Aranburu) finds her life buoyed by an anonymous benefactor who sends flowers every week. This someone is definitely not her husband. Meanwhile, Lourdes (Itziar Ituño) is constantly at odds with Tere (Itziar Aizpuru), the mother of her husband Beñat (Josean Bengoetxea), who works at the same construction site as Ane. When Beñat is killed in an auto accident, Lourdes finds her anger towards Tere doesn't subside — and she's also unaware that Ane's weekly flower delivery has stopped. That so much of the action is motivated by the actions of men, particularly one largely unremarkable man who was an emotional adulterer at best and a stalker at worst (and then goes and dies in the second act) means Flowers runs the risk of not passing the Bechdel test. But it very much does, and is a lovely portrait of three disparate women learning to work through grief and disappointment, and how sometimes it's healthier for wounds to stay open.

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