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Broken Flowers (2005)
USA / English
"Sometimes life brings some strange surprises. "
As the devoutly single Don Johnston (Murray) is dumped by his latest girlfriend (Delpy), 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.
Bill Murray Don Johnston
Julie Delpy Sherry
Heather Simms Mona (as Heather Alicia Simms)
Brea Frazier Rita
Jarry Fall Winston and Mona's Kid
Korka Fall Winston and Mona's Kid
Saul Holland Winston and Mona's Kid
Zakira Holland Winston and Mona's Kid
Niles Lee Wilson Winston and Mona's Kid
Jeffrey Wright Winston
Meredith Patterson Flight Attendant
Jennifer Rapp Girl on Bus
Nicole Abisinio Girl on Bus
Ryan Donowho Young Man on Bus
Alexis Dziena Lolita
Director: Jim Jarmusch
Producer: Jon Kilik,Stacey E. Smith
Writer: Jim Jarmusch,Bill Raden
Wonderfully unique and charming (but perhaps too spare)
I just saw this at a press screening. It's very smart, well-made and entertaining, directed with sure-handed control, full of quirky, funny moments and superb acting. The film pretty much avoids clichés, although it does rely a bit on the familiar "Aren't Middle-Americans quirky?" idea for its humor. But Jarmusch never goes too far with this, his restraint keeping the film propelled from beginning to end.

The only weakness for me is rooted in the film's strength: I feel like there's not quite enough here.

Murray's character is beleaguered and despondent, Murray plays him with perfect subtlety. This is fun and fascinating to watch; I found myself hanging onto every little expression on Murray's face. But, the combination of his passive, muted performance and the spare storytelling left me wanting more. It just doesn't have as much impact as I feel it could have. So, yes, it's wonderful minimalism, but perhaps a bit too slight of a movie to have any lasting resonance.

Bill Murray has added another very good performance to his career, and Jim Jarmusch has made another compact little gem (unlike some of his more recent films). Unique and entertaining. Definitely worth seeing.

Seen it:Nej
Nr of disks/tapes:1
Storage device:Divx 4
Imdb rating: 7.3
Running time: 106 min
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Last modified: 2007-07-18 22:31:3