Broken Flowers

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Released 2005

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Director:
Jim Jarmusch
Released:
2005
Rating:
R
Broken Flowers is a comedy-drama about a lifelong bachelor trying to figure out if he actually has a son. Don Johnston (Bill Murray) has lived a life of leisure, earning plenty of money and taking on a string of lovers. One day, he receives a letter in the mail from an anonymous ex-lover telling him that he has a 19 year-old son. Initially, Don intends to do nothing about it, but his neighbor, Winston (Jeffrey Wright) convinces him that he should try to find the boy. After some investigation, the two men decide that there are four likely candidates who may have sent the letter, and Don sets out to meet all of them. Each encounter with an ex-lover is different, but all are fraught with some degree of anger or emotional instability. Throughout his journey, however, Don is never able to get a definitive answer from any of the women with whom he once had a relationship. After a lifetime of being a cad, is there any redemption for a man who never truly loved anyone other than himself?moreless

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  • 90

    The New York Times Dana Stevens

    Like a perfect, short-lived love affair, its pleasure is accompanied by a palpable sting of sorrow. It leaves you wanting more, which I mean entirely as a compliment.

  • 80

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    Working in his typically idiosyncratic and episodic vein, Jim Jarmusch has nonetheless pitched the film slightly more toward mainstream tastes than usual for him, using excellent t...

  • 70

    Los Angeles Times Carina Chocano

    It's hard to fully empathize with Don's season of remorse. It's the big problem with Broken Flowers, and one I don't think the movie -- for all of its funny and occasionally poigna...

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    Comedy, Drama

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    funny but sad, small town life, family tragedy, unrequited love, sexual tension