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BROKEN FLOWERS, 2005
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.
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‘Broken Flowers’ is Jim Jarmusch’s 9th feature. This time the story is about a middle-aged man, Don Johnston, and his way of searching his uncertain son and his mother. Bill Murray is Don Johnston, and his mother candidates are played by Sharon Stone, Frances Conroy, Jessica Lange, and Tilda Swinton. The other character of the story is Don Johnston’s only friend Winston, played by Jeffrey Wright.
The story starts with Sherry, Julia Delpy, dumping Don. From that point the film becomes a journey where Don has to face his past. With the help of Bill Murray’s great performance the film succeed to stay alive and enjoyable. The second impressive performance was Jeffrey Wright’s. He is really good as Winston, and alongside his performance, his character is interesting. Winston was like a role model for Don, and also the opposite is true. Don receives a
In Jarmusch’s films casting is always good but this time it’s not that shiny. Bill Murray is great and Jeffrey Wright is really good as Winston. The women in the film are not that interesting, maybe except Jessica Lange. Her character was an animal communicator and she was the most interesting woman in the film with Tilda Swinton’s Penny, but Penny appears just for a few minutes so it’s hard to compare. Most of the scenes have Don as center point and Bill Murray’s performance is enough to hold attention.
This film is a little bit different than Jarmusch’s previous film. It’s not mainly about communication this time. It’s more a man in middle age crisis and his relationship with women. At some point the journey becomes a meditative experience for Don. ‘Broken Flowers’ is more convincing than ‘Limits of Control’ in its secretive suit. Similar to ‘Ghost Dog’ this film has a lot of music in it, and the soundtrack is fine just like any Jarmusch. One of the weakest point in the film is flashback scenes. They are often too long and they are not useful or beautiful in screen. This film is not like a Jarmusch film full of interesting and cool characters but he’s still in fine form as a director and he has a first class actor this time.