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Broken Flowers tagline: Sometimes life brings some strange surprises.
|Directors: Jim Jarmusch|
|IMDB Rating: 7.3/10 out of 37,078 votes|
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As the devoutly single Don Johnston is dumped by his latest girlfriend, he receives an anonymous pink letter informing him that he has a son who may be looking for him. The situation causes Don to examine his relationships with women instead of moving on to the next one, and he embarks on a cross-country search for his old flames who might possess clues to the mystery at hand. add synopsis
Jarmusch aims for the mainstream
Murray visits his ex-girlfriends to find out which of them sent him a letter
Similar in structure to The Swimmer – at the first people are friendly but gradually turn nasty. Watchable movie with many good scenes – sometimes you feel sorry for Murray but other times you feel sorry for the women he visits. The best scene has Murray visiting a nervous childless woman and her husband – very nice couple. Similar to many independent American movies of recent years – but more enjoyable
Broken Flowers is worth a look.
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POSSIBLE SPOILERS Broken Flowers is a premise without a plot. The wonder is all in the details. It’s not possible to discuss this movie meaningfully without revealing the premise. Hence the warning about possible spoilers. Don Johnston (Bill Murray) is a faded Don Juan whose latest girl friend (Julie Delpy) leaves him as the picture opens. He soon finds an unsigned letter, which has been tracked by the camera through post office processes, a lovely touch. The letter writer tells him that he has a 19-year old son by one of his previous lovers, the apparent author of the letter, and that the boy is looking for him. Johnston’s next door neighbor, Winston (Jeffrey Wright), an amateur sleuth, wants him to visit each of his lovers of 20 years ago to figure out who sent the letter and thus identify the mother of his son — if, in fact, he has one. Winston produces a dossier on each of the women and after much persuasion, Johnston sets out on his quest, traveling across the country by plane and then by rented auto through neighborhoods of trailer parks and run down houses,through pretentious housing developments, out into the country, up dirt roads to rural shacks. He confronts each of his lovers, fails to discover who sent him the letter, returns home imagining that each 19-year-old boy he encounters is searching for a father — i.e., searching for him. That’s it. No tidy ending, no resolution, no flash of self-discovery. You won’t know as the credits roll if Johnston really has a son or if it’s a hoax. Broken Flowers is a different kind of road picture, a collection of encounters between Johnston (Murray) and his ex-girl friends, one after the other. The execution is remarkable. Jim Jarmush, who wrote and directed, has dared to drag out the search between each encounter, with little or no dialog and not much besides Bill Murray’s woeful countenance and the passing scenery to sustain interest. I don’t recall another movie which has depended so deliberately on silence and inaction — on boredom as a tool of art. And it works. Each of the ex-girl friends has taken a different path in life. I won’t describe the four encounters (five, counting an ex-girl friend whose grave he visits). That would be going too far. But the women — Sharon Stone, Frances Conroy, Jessica Lange,and Tilda Swinton — act their parts brilliantly, creating vivid portraits of four very different people. Some of the lesser parts, particularly Alexis Dziena as Lolita, the sexpot daughter of the Sharon Stone character, and Chloe Sevigny as the jealous assistant to Jessica Lange’s character, are also very well acted. The unqualified star of the movie, however, is Murray. I didn’t much like Lost in Translation, and because I thought it was a bad movie, I wasn’t taken with Murray’s acting in that film. Here, his deadpan visage, revealing emotion with only the smallest change of expression, works just perfectly, and it is marvelous to watch him alongside Stone, Conroy, Lange and Tilton with almost no real interaction taking place between the characters. I can imagine some people loving Broken Flowers and some people hating it. But I cannot imagine any film enthusiast failing to go see it.
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Another excellent piece of Murray minimalism
Ghostbusters. Groundhog Day. Lost in Translation. Broken Flowers. Whenever I’m having a conversation with someone about Bill Murray, I always mention this list of films as the ones that elicited his best performances. Because each one of them is specifically tailored to his talents, and brings out the best in him. People always agree with the first three. But when I mention the last film I always get blank stares from people. I can tell what’s going through their minds. ‘What was that last one again?’ A clear example of how overlooked and unappreciated Broken Flowers is. A true shame because it’s one of Bill Murray’s finest films
I’ve always wanted to see Bill Murray in a road trip film. I’ve always thought his wry observations would make sublime viewing and he doesn’t disappoint. Although there are some people who may be a bit frustrated by this film. Because like Lost in Translation’s Bob Harris, Broken Flowers comes at a point in Bill Murray’s career where he’s adopted a much more minimalist mode. Instead of the dry sarcasm and laconic style of 20 years ago, he’s become much more subtle. He’s still as hilarious as ever, but it’s harder to find. It’s worth the effort, but some people might not be willing to do so. Which would explain the film’s poor box office response
Don Johnston (with a T) must be quite a smooth talker since he’s seduced many women into bed. But you’d never know that with his impassive face and dry inflections. He’s either unwilling or unable to commit to a serious relationship. And in the film’s opening scenes, we witness the tail-end of his latest tryst
Just as Sherry is walking out, a pink letter arrives in the post. The colour pink is something that shows up frequently in this film. The letter was typed, and has no return address. And contains a shocking piece of information. Don has a son. One of his lady-friends bore a child to him 19 years ago, and now their son has decided to track him down. When I used the word shocking, that would be the normal response from anyone else. But Don is not just anybody. If he were shocked, that would be a miracle
In fact if he even cracked a smile that would be an achievement. Don is such a closed book of a man you’d need a crowbar to wedge the pages open. We know he’s a successful and rich man through computers (although he doesn’t own a single one), and he sleeps with women. But nothing seems to move him. Not even this letter. But it has a wowing effect on Don’s friend Winston (Jeffrey Wright).
Winston fancies himself an amateur sleuth, and wants to put the pieces of this latest mystery together for Don. Winston provides an appealing zesty counterpoint to Don’s eternal narcolepsy. It’s almost a shame Winston didn’t join Don on his road trip. What fun that would have been! Winston puts together the list of the women Don has slept with, and nudgingly advises him to check each one of them out, with a pink bouquet. They should get the message. And this experience could be good for Don. He might find what he’s looking for. If he knew what to look for
Although Broken Flowers is admittedly episodic, its a consistently engaging, refreshingly intelligent road trip movie. Don meets each one of the five women on his list in turn. The first is Laura (Sharon Stone). She has a daughter, Lolita, who seems unaware she’s one step away from becoming a whore. Laura is the widow of a NASCAR driver, and perhaps represents an exciting life Don has denied himself. They spend the night together. We don’t see the details, which would have been fascinating anatomically
The details of whether or not any of the women he meets might be the mother are left deliberately ambiguous. Each one Don meets is like the story of his best forgotten past. It might be a stretch to say they all represent a facet to his personality (if it even exists), but if you look carefully at Don’s face during these encounters, you will see the stellar performance Bill Murray conveys. With a simple arched eyebrow or a turn of the head, Murray communicates volumes about his inner turmoil
When he meets Dora (Frances Conroy), she is in a controlling relationship with her husband, that is gradually unveiled during a surprisingly hilarious dinner table sequence. The food on the dinner plates are methodically positioned, and it takes a while for Don to tuck in, as if summing up the insanity of this household. Don is the grand master of understatement
After Don encounters Carmen (Jessica Lange), he finds she communicates with animals, something Don takes at face value, and in this case, his straight face is entirely appropriate. His next encounter ends in violence. Not all of Don’s women are happy to see him. And finally, the last love on his list is in her grave. Murray hides his grief behind his understated expression in one of Broken Flower’s most moving moments. At the end, Don knows less than he did before. Any one of those women could be the mother, and Don has seen more sides to the human condition over the last few days than he has in a lifetime. He’s left with no easy answers, and it all concludes on a fascinating note, when a surprise revelation finally hits home with him. When the past catches up to you in the present, you won’t always like what you see
A truly underrated gem from Bill Murray. This is his show all the way. It’s just as good as anything else he’s ever done, and since the road trip is one of my favourite genres, Broken Flowers has become an essential film for me. An utter classic!
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‘Broken Flowers’ – Sometimes life brings some strange surprises.