Incest Petals On The Wind was crazy and amazing! But it actually drew in less viewers for Lifetime TV then Flowers In The Attic, despite more incest.
Cathy and her brother lover (and now doctor) Christopher rekindle their romance ten years after being trapped in the attic of their grandparents house in Flowers In The Attic (read my article on the film here). They seem to be living the dream; Cathy is ballet dancer and Christopher is doctor. Turns out, they still have a few skeletons in their closet.
A decade after Cathy, Christopher, and Carrie escaped from their grandparents’ attic at Foxworth Hall, Petals on the Wind continues to follow the twisted plight of the family as they attempt to put their sordid past behind them, but soon discover certain secrets can’t be left behind. When Cathy finds herself in an abusive relationship with a fellow dancer, Julian, Christopher and Cathy are forced to face the forbidden feelings they developed for one another while coming of age during captivity. But when tragedy strikes the Dollangangers once again, Cathy returns to Foxworth Hall to confront her grandmother and seek revenge on her mother with a plan to seduce her husband Bart. When Christopher runs to Cathy’s side, the two are determined to start over again – together. (IMDB)
I really enjoyed this sequel as much as Flowers In The Wind, if not more, because this one had A LOT of incest! I thought the acting by the new grown up Cathy (Rose McIver, who is a dead ringer for Sarah Michelle Geller) and Christopher (a babe by the name of Wyatt Nash) were great, because they only had a week or two to prepare for their roles. Here is what they said about their characters in an interview with Entertainment Weekly:
Nash says that initially, he was “a little turned off” by Cathy and Christopher’s incestuous relationship. But eventually, he found himself rooting for them as a couple — with a few reservations, of course. “It’s almost as if they weren’t together, they would go on leading these half-lived lives,” he explains. “If I would have thought that they could have moved forward and had happy lives apart from each other, I think I probably wouldn’t have rooted for them as much as I did.”
For what it’s worth, McIver agrees with her co-star: “They know it’s a taboo, but nobody else understands them the way they get each other. They went through something that nobody should ever be forced into, and that trauma is really hard to connect with somebody else over,” the New Zealand-born actress says. “So I think [Cathy] finds a strength and a safety in Christopher.”
Even they ship them!
I thought Lifetime also did a good job with the 1970’s sets and costumes. Yes, the plot was rushed because they tried to condense so much into 90 minutes, but what can you do. I haven’t read this book so I can’t compare them there, but I have heard that these movies are drastically different. I really wish they would have made this a two part movie, or better yet, since Lifetime is making two more films based on the books, I don’t know why they didn’t just make this into a series. But I am really just ecstatic about the whole thing.