Flowers. 2014. Spain. Directed by Jon Garaño and Jose Mari Goenaga. In Basque; English subtitles. 99 min.
Midlife ennui sets in for Ane (Nagore Aranburu) as she reluctantly confronts premature menopause while her marriage is going through a sluggish patch. One day, a bouquet of flowers changes everything. Week after week, flowers are delivered to her home from an anonymous sender. Although the mysterious bouquets generate uncalled-for stress in her marriage, Ane secretly cherishes the attention of a hidden admirer. One day, though, the flowers cease to come. Ane connects it with the recent death of a colleague killed in a car accident. Unbeknownst to anyone, she begins the ritual of placing flowers on the site of the accident and becomes intertwined with the dead man’s widow (Itziar Ituño) and mother (Itziar Aizpuru). Featuring powerful and delicate performances by the three lead actresses, Flowers is a poignantly told tale less about loss, unfulfilled desires, hope, love, and the unspoken things people do to cope with what life brings—and doesn't. This Basque-language film is generating international excitement for Basque cinema. Courtesy of Music Box Films.