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Broken Flowers (2005)

  Directed by: Jim Jarmusch
Written by: Jim Jarmusch
Starring: Bill Murray, Jeffrey Wright
Links: Broken Flowers on the IMDb, Official site, Buy on DVD
Genre: Drama

This movie gets: 7.00 (1 rating)
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"An interesting perspective" - a review by pearly

Broken Flowers is a winding narrative of a film, which has a strength that lays in the hard line it takes in showing things from the perspective of its main character, and not allowing for any diversions which would explain the motives of those he encounters. As such, it leads to situations where things may be implied, but these are only implications as seen by the audience via the lead character's perspective, and not necessarily an accurate portrayal of what is really going on.

In the film, Bill Murray plays Don Johnston. When his long-time live-in girlfriend (Julie Delpy) leaves him, and he receives an anonymous letter stating that he has a son, but not revealing who the mother may be, Don's life is thrown into utter confusion. After encouragement from his neighbour Winston (Jeffrey Wright), Johnston sets off around the country to meet up with a few of the women he thinks are the most likely candidates to have had his child.

From Johnston's perspective, we get to see a little slice of each of these women's lives. Are they happy? What is going on in their heads? Is there something going on between the crazy vet lady (Jessica Lange) and her receptionist (Chloë Sevigny)? We only know what Johnston does.

If you like your films to have a distinct beginning, middle, and end, with all the pieces neatly tied up and fashioned into elaborate bows, then Broken Flowers will leave you disappointed. It is, by design, just a slice of life. Nothing is resolved; there's no big Hollywood ending. It is what it is. For some people, that will do just nicely. For others, it will frustrate. For me, it was something in the middle.

pearly gives this movie 7 out of 10.
Review created on Wed 15 Feb 2006

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