Flowers In The Attic: What Fans Should Expect From Lifetime's TV Movie

By Kelly West 2 years ago discussion comments
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The incest isn't omitted or even down-played.
The TV movie doesnít gloss over the romantic relationship that forms between Chris and Cathy during their years locked away in the attic. Yeah, the brother and sister develop the wrong kinds of feelings for each other and stuff eventually happens. On an emotional level, Iím not sure the TV movie ever has time to really dig into Chris and Cathyís torment. But it does set up the nature of their relationship so that weíre made to understand, at least on some level, whatís happening between them leading up to the point where things get physical. The evolution of their relationship doesnít spring up out of nowhere as it plays out on screen.

Still, it may seem like a bit of a leap for those who havenít read the book and arenít fully on board with whatís going on in these charactersí heads. In the book, Chris and Cathyís relationship evolves due to a combination of adolescent urges, the shared abuse theyíve suffered and the mixture of hurt, rejection, abandonment and misplaced idolization both feel on some level or another toward their mother. Itís a twisted situation to be sure and it's by no means sugarcoated in the books, but Andrews sets it up so that itís emotional as much as it is dramatic. Iím not sure the TV movie manages to capture all of that, but in terms of its willingness to explore the more taboo nature of the story, which was barely hinted at in the original movie, it doesn't hold back.
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