2005   USA Broken Flowers
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Director:Jim Jarmusch
Studio:Bac Films
Writer:Jim Jarmusch, Bill Raden
IMDb Rating:7.2 (45,434 votes)
Awards:4 wins & 11 nominations
Duration:106 min
Jim Jarmusch  ...  (Director)
Jim Jarmusch, Bill Raden  ...  (Writer)
Bill Murray  ...  Don Johnston
Julie Delpy  ...  Sherry
Heather Simms  ...  Mona (as Heather Alicia Simms)
Brea Frazier  ...  Rita
Jarry Fall  ...  Winston and Mona's Kid
Korka Fall  ...  Winston and Mona's Kid
Saul Holland  ...  Winston and Mona's Kid
Zakira Holland  ...  Winston and Mona's Kid
Niles Lee Wilson  ...  Winston and Mona's Kid
Jeffrey Wright  ...  Winston
Meredith Patterson  ...  Flight Attendant
Jennifer Rapp  ...  Girl on Bus
Nicole Abisinio  ...  Girl on Bus
Ryan Donowho  ...  Young Man on Bus
Alexis Dziena  ...  Lolita
Frederick Elmes  ...  Cinematographer
Summary: Bill Murray gives yet another simple, seemingly effortless, yet illuminating performance in Jim Jarmusch's Broken Flowers. Don Johnston (Murray, Lost in Translation, Rushmore) receives an anonymous letter telling him that he has a 19 year old son who's looking for him. Don only decides to investigate at the prompting of his neighbor Winston (the indispensable Jeffrey Wright, Shaft, Basquiat), who not only tracks down the current addresses of the possible mothers, he plans Don's entire trip down to the rental cars. Almost against his will, Don finds himself knocking at the doors of four very different women (Sharon Stone, The Quick and the Dead; Frances Conroy, Six Feet Under; Jessica Lange, Sweet Dreams; and Tilda Swinton, The Deep End) who were once his lovers. Part road movie, part detective story, part existential meditation, Broken Flowers is even more minimalist than most Jarmusch movies (Stranger Than Paradise, Dead Man, Mystery Train)--anyone looking for an easy resolution should look elsewhere. But for anyone willing to let a movie be a poem as much as a story--i.e., let it observe behavior without explaining it--Broken Flowers will offer a wealth of mysteries, gestures, and Bill Murray's soulful eyes. It's a movie that's wonderfully eloquent about what's not being said. --Bret Fetzer

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