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Petals on the Wind is the sequel of Flowers in the Attic, Lifetime TV’s adaptation of V.C. Andrews’ novel of the same name. A decade on from the Dollanganger siblings escaping from their grandmother’s attic where they were kept for more than two years, the latest adaptation sees Heather Graham, Ellen Burstyn and Dylan Bruce reprise their roles.
Desperate to forget the past, the siblings soon start to realise that some things aren’t all that easily forgotten. When Cathy finds herself in an abusive relationship with a fellow ballet dancer, Julian Marquet, she tries all she can do believe that he was just having a difficult time. Having just moved to New York, hungry to make it in the world of ballet, she tried to hold on to Julian, despite his obvious obsession and controlling ways with her.
However, when she finds Julian and her sister in a compromising position, Cathy and Christopher soon find themselves doing all those forbidden things they were trying so hard to avoid. As the siblings struggle to keep up appearances and to live a normal life, Cathy goes on a mission to reconnect with her mother to confront her demons.
This is where it all starts to get terribly twisted. As Cathy and Christopher continue with their forbidden affection, Cathy also works on the demise of her mother, which sees her getting pulled further into a dangerous game.
Although promising Petals on the Wind is nowhere near as thrilling and unexpected as its prequel and feels too staged and completely unrealistic at times. Lifetime’s film adaptation is intriguing enough to start watching, but unfortunately it doesn’t get any better. There were simply too many facets the producers tried to cram into the one film, which didn’t help to make the storyline any better or any less put on.