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Flora’s Garment Bursting Into Bloom

Writer-director Kevin Baggott, who bears a striking resemblance to thesp Kyle Secor, casts himself in the role of struggling Irish-American writer Terry, but his character is all but subsumed in a love-hate relationship with a nasty, drug-addicted transsexual that never rings true while degenerating into a lot of screaming, slamming and cussing. Fests programming ultra-indie fare will pluck "Flora," but exposure will end there.

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With: Kevin Baggott, Jenette Sampson, Richard L. Wilkinson, Mary Baggott, Sarah Pirozek, Carlos Pizzaro.

An almost toxically excessive exercise in actors chewing everything but the video camera lens, “Flora’s Garment Bursting Into Bloom” depicts a love story that strains for a mean streets feeling, but is simply impossible to sustain. Writer-director Kevin Baggott, who bears a striking resemblance to thesp Kyle Secor, casts himself in the role of struggling Irish-American writer Terry, but his character is all but subsumed in a love-hate relationship with a nasty, drug-addicted transsexual that never rings true while degenerating into a lot of screaming, slamming and cussing. Fests programming ultra-indie fare will pluck “Flora,” but exposure will end there.

Terry eventually rues the day he set eyes on Flora (Jenette Sampson), a transsexual peep show performer who mixes hits of crack with Streisand-like attitude. Ostensibly heterosexual, Terry all too quickly enjoys being on the receiving end of Flora’s sexual thrusts, and this only begins a rather unbelievable affair, since neither has anything visibly in common except a vague desire to make a children’s book. Already plodding pace becomes stultifying with the addition of numerous rambling monologues by each character about their sad sack lives.

Flora's Garment Bursting Into Bloom

Production: A Dameworks presentation of a Damework/Sake production. Produced by Sarah Pirozek. Executive producer, Pirozek. Directed, written by Kevin Baggott.

Crew: Camera (color, video), Cybel Martin; editor, John Cook; music, David Mansfield; production designer, Parker Adams; costume designer, Linda Werhman. Reviewed on videotape, L.A., April 13, 2002. (In Method Fest, Pasadena.) Running time: 94 MIN.

With: With: Kevin Baggott, Jenette Sampson, Richard L. Wilkinson, Mary Baggott, Sarah Pirozek, Carlos Pizzaro.

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