Flowers (s.01, 2016)

Flowers is the last name of the family whose personalities, adventures and transformations compose this show’s narrative. For lack of a better term it is usually defined as comedy, but what kind of comedy is it? It’s like Wes Anderson and Paul Thomas Anderson did a movie together. It’s remarkable and funny, but not exactly laughable.

This is basically a portrait of one family and some people adjacent to it. There is a lot of sadness in this story, but it is sometimes interrupted with surprisingly funny scenes, and considering that the characters are all deeply elaborated, perfectly realistic, and original at the same time, and relationships between them are sometimes curious, but always plausible, it all sums up to nearly perfect work of art. The atmosphere of that world makes it seem like it’s a fairy tale, but with real-life people in it. One of the first things I thought about the Flowers was that it’s like Adams family, but without any supernatural stuff.

This is an outstanding work, and it all was created by that guy who plays the role of a weird Japanese artist in it, – just in case you’re wondering. His name is Will Sharpe. You better remember it, ’cause his wikipedia page is going to append a lot of loud and prominent lines over the future years. Provided, of course, that he won’t be killed by a meteor or something.

So, my overall impression of the show is that it is delightful and delicious, and I wish they’d make more of it. But no information on that so far. On the other hand, I won’t be against the idea of watching this first season all over again. Yes, – it’s that good.

Year: 2016
Created by: Will Sharpe
Directed by: Will Sharpe
Written by: Will Sharpe
Performed by: Julian Barratt, Olivia Colman, Will Sharpe, Daniel Rigby, Sophia Di Martino, Leila Hoffman, Georgina Campbell, Angus Wright
Time: 2h33m (a. 6 episodes)
Entertaining quality: 5 out of 5
Art quality: 5+ out of 5
Links: (website) | (wiki)

(v. 4.9)
®shoomow, 2017

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