Regrets of White Camellias is Cybill Shepard's 2011 movie soon to be released.
I can't imagine the story, but here's a bit from the Language of Flowers: Camellia's Regrets.
“’Madam,’ said I to her, ‘you are like that flower called the camellia, which a Jesuit has lately brought hither from China. It is delightful to the eye, but contributes nothing to the smell. You madam, are beautiful, but you lack that fragrance of beauty, which we call love.’
“Having pronounced these withering words, I looked steadily at her. She smiled.
“’You are not far from the truth,’ said she: ‘I am the Camellia,’ – and then she walked proudly into the ball-room.
--Camellia's Regrets from The Language of Flowers.
Other Movies, however old in which Camellias are featured include
Margueritte's camellias in Camille.
Charlotte's camellias in Now, Voyager (Bette Davis, 1942).
The title of the romantic melodrama film was taken from well-known American poet Walt Whitman's 1892 Leaves of Grass (from the section titled The Untold Want):
The Untold Want
By Life and Land Ne'er Granted
Sail Thou Forth to Seek and Find
Weather has not been kind to our Camellias this year.
In the book To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee the boy Jem takes Scout's twirling baton and knocks the tops off Mrs. Dubose’s camellia bushes. As punishment, Jem must go to the Dubose house every day for a month and read to her. He and Scout endure Mrs. Dubose’s verbal abuse and peculiar fits which occur at the end of every reading session. Each session is a little longer. Mrs. Dubose dies a little more than a month after Jem’s punishment ends. Mrs. Dubose's maid delivers a box to Jem.
Jem opened the box. Inside, surrounded by wads of damp cotton, was a white, waxy, perfect camellia. It was a Snow-on-the-Mountain.
Jem's eyes nearly popped out of his head. "Old hell-devil, old hell-devil!" he screamed, flinging it down. "Why can't she leave me alone?"
In a flash Atticus was up and standing over him. Jem buried his face in Atticus's shirt front. "Sh-h," he said. "I think that was her way of telling you-everything's all right now, Jem, everything's all right. You know, she was a great lady."
... I told you that if you hadn't lost your head I'd have made you go read to her. I wanted you to see something about her-I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand. It's when you know you're licked before you begin but you begin anyway and you see it through no matter what. You rarely win, but sometimes you do. Mrs. Dubose won, all ninety-eight pounds of her. According to her views, she died beholden to nothing and nobody. She was the bravest person I ever knew."
Jem picked up the candy box and threw it in the fire. He picked up the camellia, and when I went off to bed I saw him fingering the wide petals. -- To Kill a Mockingbird --Harper Lee
Camellia season will end when the weather gets hot, usually mid-April
when the dark red Blood of China is in full bloom.
I hope by that time we'll know the Regrets of White Camellias in Cybill's movie.