My Old Addiction

Movie Reviews By Bil Antoniou

Broken Flowers (2005)

JIM JARMUSCH

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 .  Cannes Film Festival 2005.

Offbeat, dryly humorous tale in which is Lost In Translation-level good 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.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: