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Broken Flowers (2005)



Jim Jarmusch


Jeffrey Wright, Bill Murray, Sharon Stone, Tilda Swinton, Julie Delpy, Jessica Lange


Comedy, Indie-Arthouse Cinema, Drama





Running Time:

106 min

Broken Flowers


With 'Broken Flowers', staunchly independent filmmaker Jim Jarmusch delivers one of his most pleasing, accessible pictures. Winner of the 2005 Grand Prix at the Cannes Film Festival, the film tells the story of Don Johnston (Bill Murray), a man overflowing with wealth but void of emotion. On the day that his most recent girlfriend (Julie Delpy) has given up on him for good, he learns, through an anonymous letter, that he might be the father of a 19-year-old boy. Spurned into action by his wannabe private eye neighbour, Winston (Jeffrey Wright), Don sets off on a personal journey to visit the former partners who may or may not have mothered his child. They include the flighty Laura (Sharon Stone), whose daughter Lolita (Alexis Dziena) certainly lives up to her name; the uptight Dora (Frances Conroy), who has settled into a sterile life with her chipper husband Ron (Christopher McDonald); the strangely distant Carmen (Jessica Lange), who makes a living as an Animal Communicator and, finally, Penny (Tilda Swinton), a hard-edged biker who is the least happiest to see Don. Each confrontation leaves Don feeling more lost than the last, spinning him into an even greater state of apathetic confusion. In typical Jarmusch fashion, he wrote the script for 'Broken Flowers' with his casting firmly in mind; only Murray could play this role. The result showcases Murray's brilliance as a less-is-more presence. Jarmusch also gives some of Hollywood's most talented female actresses roles they can relish. A hundred percent Jarmusch, 'Broken Flowers' is a wry, tender, and bittersweet portrait of a man who is drifting aimlessly through life.

member reviews


28 July 2014
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I put this movie on my hitlist because of the soundtrack (which is fabulous) but this movie was a surprise hit. Bill Murray is superb as the rather lazy, laconic but likeable lead as a character in search of something which evolves as he keeps looking. Brilliant acting by all of the characters (I did not find any weak links) makes what could have been an unsatisfactory ending a question for all of us: what exactly matters? I watched this movie three times across one weekend and saw something different in it each time. And the music is just wonderful. Well worth watching, but don't be in a hurry. Probably not for those who prefer a plot-driven film, but well worth allowing yourself to just absorb some fine acting.

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