of Flowers Review by Denis Schwartz (from Ozuz' World Movie Review. Used
‘’Man of Flowers” is a unique and strangely understated psychological
comic drama from the always interesting Paul Cox. The film explores
the lonely mind of a middle-aged man, striking a fine balance between quirky
humor and poignancy.
The story revolves around art collector Charles Bremer (Norman Kaye),
who pays an attractive young artist's model Lisa (Alyson Best) to
come over every Wednesday to strip for him while in the background
there is playing an aria from Donizetti's "Lucia di Lammermoor." Bremer
uses his artistic skills as a means of channeling his repressed sexual
desires, as his fear of sexuality has led him to withdraw from the
real world into an aesthetic world--where he practices flower arrangement,
takes sketching classes, and plays the organ at his neighborhood
church. Bremer slowly becomes embroiled in the girl’s chaotic
relationship with an overbearing and obnoxious artist. He continues
his sessions with his psychiatrist (Bob Ellis), with whom he discusses
his obsession with his childhood and dead mother. In
a brilliant piece of casting, Cox prevailed on his friend German
director Werner Herzog to play the role of the father.
This is a well-conceived and intelligently provocative, lyrical film
about how fantasies can enrich our lives and how damning loneliness
can be. It handles the theme of loneliness as well as it ever has
been handled on the screen.