La Flor (2018)

Film details

  • Countries

    Argentina Switzerland Netherlands

  • Year

    2018

  • Genres

    Comedy Thriller Drama

  • Type

    Film

  • Category

    Fiction

Alternative titles

  • The Flower Alternative

Synopsis

Drama consisting of six films (billed as 'episodes'), each supposedly told in the manner of a different film genre and most having no resolution, and all but one story featuring the same four actresses in the lead roles. In a prologue the director explains what lies ahead. Episode 1 is like an American B movie (it involves archaeologists finding a mummy with a curse). Episode 2 is (according to the director) 'a sort of musical with a touch of mystery' (it involves a couple of popular singers who are splitting up but still have to record an album together, and their friend who is caught up in a group who believe they can use scorpion venom to gain immortality). Episode 3 is a 'spy movie' (it involves a gang of spies who travel the world, but whose feelings about their violent profession are examined). Episode 4 is 'difficult to describe' (it is a comical tale about filmmakers having trouble making a film called 'La Araña' ('The Spider'), because the director has no script, tries to bring in a new producer under mysterious conditions and has plans to spend time away from the project, shooting instead a film about blossoming trees. As he shoots this film about trees, some supernatural madness descends on his crew. When we see 'La Araña' it is a story of Canadian Mounties on a case. Episode 5 (in black and white, and largely silent) is a hommage to Renoir's film 'Partie de campagne' (some of the dialogue and music of which are heard towards the end of this episode), involving two holidaying gauchos (South American cowboys) who spend a romantic day with a mother and daughter they happen to meet. Episode 6 is a stylised depiction (with narration shown on sepia intertitles) of the memoirs of Sarah S. Evans, who in the 19th century escaped from captivity among native Americans and fled to freedom across mountains and river, along with a mestizo girl and her mother (both pregnant by the same man) and a creole girl. When this last episode ends, the camera turns upside down and, for approximately half an hour, observes the film crew packing up and going home, with end credits appearing over this.

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