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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 Jeff
June 19th, 2008

Bill Murray is on a search. He receives an anonymous letter in the mail on pink stationary from an old flame stating that he is the father of a grown teenage son and that the boy is now possibly searching for him. His friend Winston, played convincingly by Jeffrey Wright, obsessed with detective work, maps out an entire itinerary for Don Johnston (Murray) to travel to each of his old girlfriend's homes to see if they may be the author of the pink letter. What ensues is an alternative road trip movie with only one man in the car.

Johnston visits each of his past lady friends only to find just how different they have become. Each one has gone to an extreme in their personality, all different, all polar opposites. The old girlfriends are played by Sharon Stone, Frances Conroy, Jessica Lange and Tilda Swinton. Needless to say Johnston obviously had impeccable taste when he was dating. This search is very intriguing. It starts out as a search for his son, but what it seems to become is a search to give closure on the past and move forward to the future.

I find that Director Jim Jarmusch either hits or misses. With Night on Earth he hit it big; with Coffee and Cigarettes he missed the boat completely. With Broken Flowers he swings right down the middle, hitting us with a film that has a nice, steady pace and pulling out a very entertaining and wonderful performance from his lead Murray. This film is a sleeper for sure, but in its own way, it is a real find.

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