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Broken Flowers
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Directed By
Jim Jarmusch

Written By:
Jim Jarmusch

Cast:
Bill Murray, Frances Conroy, Julie Delpy, Jessica Lange, Sharon Stone, Tilda Swinton, Jeffrey Wright

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Broken Flowers (2005)
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Movie Review by Ilana
August 22nd, 2005

It's no LOST IN TRANSLATION, but it is quite good.

The above description provides a good summary, so I won't reiterate the plot. I will say, however, that there is one major flaw in the storyline that bothered me throughout. Don gets this letter, and then goes on a journey to try to uncover which ex-lover wrote the anonymous pink correspondence. He is looking for clues, trying to figure out if the surprised woman who receives his unannounced presence at the door is the author of the letter. But if she wrote the letter, why would she be surprised to see him? Don shouldn't have been looking for clues like pink paper and typewriters, but rather a woman who half-expects him to come a-knocking. Right?

That aside, BROKEN FLOWERS is subtle, comical, and smart -- a good example of the "journey to find yourself" genre of movies. Good performances by all, particularly Tilda Swinton, Jeffrey Wright, and I can't help but be partial to Chloe Sevigny. It passed my two film tests with flying colors: 1) It held my attention for the duration. 2) I thought/talked about it after it was over.

Unrelated to the movie's plot, but still, in my opinion, relevant is the product placement issue. Perhaps I am wrong to hold Jim Jarmusch to a higher standard and I realize that there are financial reasons for such decisions, but I do not appreciate movies brainwashing me into buying a Ford Taurus.

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