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Bill Murray (Lost in Translation) stars in the comedic story of an aging Don Juan who hits the road on a revealing and humorous cross-country journey. When a mysterious pink letter informs Don Johnston (Murray) that he may have a 19-year-old son, he visits four former lovers, where he comes face to face with the errors of his past and the possibilities of the future. From acclaimed director Jim Jarmusch and co-starring Sharon Stone, Frances Conroy, Jessica Lange, Tilda Swinton, and Jeffrey Wright, Broken Flowers is the highly original comedy that Peter Travers of Rolling Stone says is "filled with wonderful mischief" and "brings out the best in Bill Murray."
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- Reviews Counted: 185
- Fresh: 162
- Rotten: 23
- Average Rating: 7.5/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: Flowers is smartly observational -- but a little screen heat would be worth a bouquet.
Fresh: Murray manages, almost impossibly, to come up with still another rich variation on his Depleted Man persona, and his performance is at once enormously generous and fiercely, concisely witty.
Fresh: The movie doesn't come to a definitive point or make an explicit, but the movie does illustrate, in a penetrating way, the sadness of going through life emotionally disconnected.
Fresh: It kept me absorbed all the way through, especially the collaboration between acting auteur Bill Murray and Mr. Jarmusch in virtually every frame of the film.
this is a beautiful movie but completely miscategorized here as "comedy". that may in part explain the negative reactions of other reviewers. if you're looking for a bill murray comedy and expecting something akin to groundhog day you will understandably be very frustrated with "broken flowers". whatever humor one would find in this film is of the dry, nihilistic variety that won't have anyone giggling out loud. that said this is one of his best dramatic performances. the film is a melancholy meditation on aging and the accumulation of a life's worth of small regrets, vague memories and defeating disappointments interspersed with tragicomic moments of relief. the 60's ehtiopian jazz of the soundtrack is an unseen character that will haunt you long after you've forgotten what the movie was about.
Interesting Film, Jim Jarmush
So if you are just a Bill Murray fan looking to see a funny film, this probably isn't it. This is a very original director painting a picture of a slice of someone's life, and like life it is sometimes grey, awkward, sad and funny. Some really powerful perfrmances, especially Tilda Swinton (Who is not american btw) in this story of a man searching for a son from someone he doesn't know anymore. The conclusion of the movie is also like life, a little unresolved. It won't leave you feeling happy or give you the typical hollywood feeling, nor is it shocking, it just is. The director is really one of the most interesting guys around, and his movies are not mainstream pablum, they are artistic and contemplative. I highly recommend this picture.
Delightfully quirky little film. Bill Murray gives his typical strong performance oozing of sentimentality about a man reconnecting with his past and questioning his present. Worthwhile way to spend a few hours.
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