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Man of Flowers (1983)

An eccentric elderly man tries to enjoy the three things in life that he considers real beauty: collecting art, collecting flowers, and watching pretty women undress.

Director:

Paul Cox

Writers:

Paul Cox, Bob Ellis
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Norman Kaye ... Charles
Alyson Best ... Lisa / Nude model
Chris Haywood ... David / Lisa's boyfriend
Sarah Walker ... Jane / Lisa's lesbian student.
Julia Blake ... Art Teacher
Bob Ellis Bob Ellis ... Psychiatrist
Barry Dickins Barry Dickins ... Postman
Patrick Cook Patrick Cook ... Coppershop Man
Victoria Eagger ... Angela
Werner Herzog ... Charles' Father
Hilary Kelly Hilary Kelly ... Charles' mother
James Stratford James Stratford ... Charles / child
Eileen Joyce Eileen Joyce ... Aunt
Marianne Baillieu Marianne Baillieu ... Aunt
Lirit Bilu Lirit Bilu ... Florist
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Storyline

An eccentric elderly man tries to enjoy the three things in life that he considers real beauty: collecting art, collecting flowers, and watching pretty women undress.

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Taglines:

"It is very difficult to see yourself as others see you . . . or to see yourself at all." - Charles Bremer.

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Details

Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 September 1983 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

O Homem das Flores See more »

Filming Locations:

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Company Credits

Production Co:

Flowers International See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

One of seven film collaborations of actress Julia Blake and writer-director Paul Cox. They are [in order]: 'Lonely Hearts' (1982), 'Man of Flowers' (1983), 'My First Wife' (1984), 'The Paper Boy' episode of 'Winners' (1985), 'Cactus' (1986), 'Innocence' (2000), and 'Human Touch' (2004). During the 1980s, Blake appeared in a Cox film every year for five straight consecutive years between 1982 and 1986. See more »

Quotes

Charles Bremer: Some people are so helpless in this world. Some are so alone.
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Referenced in Remote Control (1988) See more »

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An eccentric delight
15 January 1999 | by Mully-3See all my reviews

A wonderful slow, gentle film, full of strange characters. I loved the eccentricities of all the characters; the mad painter, the crazy psychiatrist, the main character, Charles, who is obsessed by flowers. Even the postman who delivers the letters Charles sends to himself every day is delightful. The characters are surrounded by wonderful images and the background music is absolutely divine. The rather freudian storyline follows the relationships between Charles, a rich eccentric artist, a young woman he pays to strip for him and her violent boyfriend. I liked the strength of Charles's character despite his gentleness, which leads to a good twist at the end. I loved it.


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