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.