Broken Flowers (2005)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):    BBBB

USA/France, 2005, , .  Screenplay by Jim Jarmusch, inspired by an idea from , .  Cinematography by .  Produced by , .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

Offbeat, dryly humorous tale in which shines as an aging Don Juan (aptly named Don Johnson) whose latest girlfriend has just left him after deciding not to put up with his emotional unavailability any longer.

Soon afterwards he receives an unsigned letter from a former girlfriend telling him that he has a son whom he’s never met but who is now an adult and has gone off in search of his father. Don’s neighbour (a brilliant ), who is obsessed with detective fiction, insists that Don hit the road and visit his flames of the past twenty years, employing some elementary deductions to find out who wrote the letter.

The journey, populated by a host of celebrity cameos by great actresses including Julie Delpy, Frances Conroy, Jessica Lange, Chloe Sevigny, Tilda Swinton (all too briefly) and a marvelous Sharon Stone, ends up being one that goes directly into the core of Don’s being and not just his past.

Maintaining its sarcastically aloof tone throughout, this is a memorable exercise in oddity of the kind that Jim Jarmusch has been serving up for years.

Cannes Film Festival Award:  Grand Jury Prize

European Film Award Nomination:  Screen International Award


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