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As the extremely withdrawn Don Johnston is dumped by his latest woman, he receives an anonymous letter from a former lover informing him that he has a son who may be looking for him. A freelance sleuth neighbor moves Don to embark on a cross-country search for his old flames in search of answers.

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Winston and Mona's Kid (as Jarry)
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The resolutely single Don Johnston has just been dumped by his latest lover, Sherry. Don resigns himself to being alone yet again and left to his own devices. Instead, he is compelled to reflect on his past when he receives by mail a mysterious pink letter. It is from an anonymous former lover and informs him that he has a 19-year-old son who may now be looking for his father. Don is urged to investigate this "mystery" by his closest friend and neighbor, Winston, an amateur sleuth and family man. Hesitant to travel at all, Don nonetheless embarks on a cross-country trek in search of clues from four former flames. Unannounced visits to each of these unique women hold new surprises for Don as he haphazardly confronts both his past and, consequently, his present. Written by Focus Features

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Sometimes life brings some strange surprises.

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Rated R for language, some graphic nudity and brief drug use | See all certifications »

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7 September 2005 (France)  »

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$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$32,069 (Chile) (7 July 2006)

Gross:

$146,250 (Chile) (28 July 2006)
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31 October 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Broken Flowers (2005)

Is this a Jim Jarmusch movie or a Bill Murray movie? Maybe unfortunately, it's more Jarmusch (the director), but Murray holds his own in that Bill Murray way. It's a simple and great idea—a man has to find a few of his ex-lovers and reconnect. And Murray responds with his unmatched cool wry detachment in each case.

You wish there was more to this in some ways. Even the director gets a bit stuck, having to recycle footage from earlier in the movie as mini-flashbacks. And by the third or fourth woman Murray visits we fully get the idea, including the variations that might be part of this new one. Clichés abound. Insight is scarce.

But Murray is fun to watch. And there is the search underlying all this for a son who may or may not exist, which has some true meaning buried somewhere.

It's all very likable. And deliberately slow, withe dead moments and quiet interludes. This is Jarmusch's style, mostly. It works better when the moods created (the long moments the viewer is stuck waiting) are really special. That's why "Stranger than Paradise" is a kind of masterpiece, with even less going on.

Most of all, "Broken Flowers" covers fairly routine ground for a movie by and about a middle-aged man. It has a plot twist or two, but otherwise expect to enjoy the low key process of this man's outer and inner search.


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