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Confirmed bachelor Don Johnston (Murray) has just been left
by his latest conquest but the day after she leaves he receives a mysterious
pink letter saying that he has a son he never knew he had. The only problem
is that there is no signature. Don thinks it is a prank but his best friend
and neighbour Winston (Wright) comes up with plan. Don should visit all
of his old girlfriends old enough to have a teenage son.
The combination of writer/director Jim Jarmusch and star Bill
Murray seems like a dream team but can 'Broken Flowers' live up to these
Writer/director Jim Jarmusch has always produced movies that
have been intriguing and very characters based. With films like 'Night on
Earth', 'Coffee and Cigarettes', 'Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai' and
'Dead Man', Jarmusch proves to be a great writer of characters and dialogue
as well as creating intriguing premises for his characters. 'Broken Flowers'
is no different.
Imagine a letter turning up saying that you had a son or
daughter that you knew nothing about but they letter was unsigned, you couldn't
help but be intrigued could you? A confirmed bachelor Don Johnston receives
such a letter but he really doesn't want to look into it. This all changes
we his best friend and neighbour Winston hears of his dilemma. He sees this
as a mystery that needs solving and hatches a plan for Don to find out who
the mystery mother is and meet his son. With a full antennary, Winston has
booked flights, hire cars and motels for him to travel the country and visit
the women who could possibly be the mother. A brilliant premise you might
agree and for the most part it is executed superbly but it has its problems.
For the most part the film is extremely good. Don's journey
is both extremely funny and in parts quite touching as he comes to terms
with the possibility of been a father. Some of his rendezvous' are better
than others but each of them is extremely well written and beautifully acted.
The big disappointment comes in the final act as Don tries to come to terms
with the results of his journey with no real resolution.
Bill Murray continues to choose extremely interesting projects
for him to really test his talents. While he might still do the odd Hollywood
moneymaker, he still tends to make the films that he wants to make and ones
that really suit his acting style. As Don Johnston, he is his usual laidback
self and of course he is unintentionally funny. Bill Murray can show more
comedic talent in just a look than most comic actors working in Hollywood
His support is also first rate. Jeffrey Wright is suitably
kooky as best friend and neighbour Winston, who lives his life through Don.
Then there are the women. Sharon Stone, Tilda Swinton, Julie Delphi, Frances
Conroy and Jessica are superb as Don's exes, each of them suitably different
and extremely quirky in their own way. You also have some excellent support
from an eye catching Alexis Dziena and an extremely protective ChloŽ Sevigny.
'Broken Flowers' is a movie with a fantastic premise and
great performances but the lack of a satisfying conclusion means that the
film just isn't as good as you might have been expecting. There is still
a lot to enjoy here but you can't help thinking that this could have been
PICTURE & SOUND
Presented in Widescreen 1.85:1 Anamorphic with a Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack,
the transfer is good.
Girls on the Bus (1.42 mins)
The girls on the bus adlib as they talk about hair, makeup and boys while
the director decides which to use in the movie.
Broken Flowers: Start to finish (7.40 mins)
Watch the adlibs, comments and gags that happened before the clapper fell.
Highlights include many a gag from Bill Murray, as we see them from the
start to the finish of the film.
Farmhouse (4.19 mins)
Writer/director Jim Jarmusch talk about the look and feel of the movie,
his feelings about the film and the preparation Don's women went through
to prepare. This is accompanied by behind the scenes from the filming
of the movie.
Original Theatrical Trailer (2.08 mins)
Watch the promotional trailer for the movie.
Previews of 'Brokeback Mountain', 'Brick' and 'The Constant Gardener'
The DVD extras for 'Broken Flowers' are far too short and not informative
enough for fans of the film to get the most out of them. The lack of a
commentary track is also amiss making this a very average bonus feature
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