Flower of Seduction

Part noir, part tango homage and part feminist tract, "Flower of Seduction" is a worthy project that nonetheless fails to blossom into satisfying drama.

With:
With: Eduardo Blanco, Maria Marull, Dalia Elnecave, Fausto Collado, Veronica Bonter, Constanza Fiardi Mazza.

Part noir, part tango homage and part feminist tract, “Flower of Seduction” is a worthy project that nonetheless fails to blossom into satisfying drama. Always teetering on the brink of cliche, this unlikely tale about an Argentinean psychoanalyst who accidentally kills a cop has a dramatic premise that might have worked in surer hands, but a verbose voiceover, cheapo visuals and an underworked script give it little chance. Commercial prospects look slight.

Psychoanalyst Malena (Sandra Bullock lookalike Maria Marull) philosophizes in V.O. about what it means to be a woman before accidentally killing a guy with a crowbar for attacking a transvestite hooker (Veronica Bonter). Together they dispose of the body. She discovers that the victim was a high-ranking cop, and for obscure reasons befriends the cop’s wife Adriana (Dalia Elnecave), who’s unconcerned about her violent husband’s death. Script fails to exploit the tension in this, instead devoting time to dialogues about the failings of men. The final scene is criminal in its contrivance. The always-watchable Eduardo Blanco just about redeems some sections, but looks awkward. Unusually, the pic comes prefaced by an onscreen denunciation of Spain’s film financing system.

Flower of Seduction

Spain - Argentina

Production: A Dato-Sur (Spain)/Aleph Media, Cinema Digital (Argentina) production. (International sales: El Dorado, Madrid). Produced, directed, written by Antonio Gonzalez-Vigil.

Crew: Camera (color), Federico Juarez; editor, Jerry Zottola; music, Jose Alfredo Jimenez, Chavela Vargas, Joaquin Sabina, Gustavo Garcia Mendy. Reviewed at Malaga Spanish Film Festival (competing), April 9, 2007. Running time: 93 MIN.

With: With: Eduardo Blanco, Maria Marull, Dalia Elnecave, Fausto Collado, Veronica Bonter, Constanza Fiardi Mazza.

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