ⓘ Loreak

                                     

ⓘ Loreak

Loreak, released in the US as Flowers, is a 2014 Basque-language Spanish drama film directed by Jon Garaño and Jose Mari Goenaga.

It premiered in the Official Section of the 2014 San Sebastian International Film Festival, and was also screened at the 2014 BFI London Film Festival, the 2014 Zurich Film Festival, the 2014 Tokyo International Film Festival and the 2015 Palm Springs International Film Festival.

It became the first Basque language film nominated for the Goya Award for Best Film. It was selected as the Spanish entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 88th Academy Awards, being the first Basque language film to do it, but it was not nominated.

                                     

1. Plot

Ane played by Nagore Aranburu is a woman in her early forties who does not feel fulfilled. Her life changes when she starts to receive bouquets of flowers at home anonymously, once a week. The lives of Lourdes Itziar Ituño and Tere Itziar Aizpuru are also altered by some mysterious flowers. A stranger leaves flowers every week in memory of someone who was important for them.

                                     

2. Cast

  • Itziar Ituño as Lourdes
  • Itziar Aizpuru as Tere
  • Jose Ramon Soroiz as Txema
  • Josean Bengoetxea as Beñat
  • Jox Berasategi as Jexus
  • Ane Gabarain as Jaione
  • Egoitz Lasa as Ander
  • Nagore Aranburu as Ane
                                     

3. Critical reception

Loreak was met with positive reviews by critics. Jonathan Holland of The Hollywood Reporter praised it for being "as beguiling and beautifully structured as the flowers of its title" and said it "absolutely deserves wider exposure". Jay Weissberg of Variety called the film "beautifully cast" and "an affecting story of loss and the ways people cope". Lluis Bonet Mojica of La Vanguardia, who gave Loreak a five-star review, noted that it is a "film where nothing happens and everything happens". Oti Rodriguez Marchante of ABC described the film as a "moving and delicate melodrama". On the mixed side, Andrea G. Bermejo of Cinemania gave Loreak 3.5 stars out of five and observed that "by means of so much perfection the result loses some spontaneity, some audacity, and perhaps, some weight".