Rolling Stone - 08/11/2005
"BROKEN FLOWERS is a rare film that richly rewards the attention it demands."
Entertainment Weekly - 08/12/2005
"Murray adjusts his bearing with the tiniest of calibrations, obviously made comfortable by Jarmusch's richly evident confidence in his own shaggy-dog storytelling."
New York Times - 08/05/2005
"With BROKEN FLOWERS, Jim Jarmusch's sly, touching new film, Bill Murray reaffirms his status as the quietest comic actor in movies today."
Premiere - 09/01/2005
"[S]oulful....[A film] that offers a lot of pleasure and even a kind of wisdom."
USA Today - 08/05/2005
"BROKEN FLOWERS exudes some of the twinkle-eyed, deadpan humor from LOST IN TRANSLATION....FLOWERS is smartly observational."
Sight and Sound - 11/01/2005
"[T]his elegant yet accessible film leaves you thinking about and felling for its opaque characters..."
Uncut - 01/01/2006 Ranked #3 in Uncut's Best Films Of 2005 -- "[A] stark, funny and deeply moving study of age, memory, loss and love."
Movieline's Hollywood Life - 01/01/2006
"[T]he film is a paean to Murray's unique brand of menopausal bittersweetness."
With BROKEN FLOWERS, staunchly independent filmmaker Jim Jarmusch delivers one of his most pleasing, accessible pictures. Winner of the 2005 Grand Prix at the Cannes Film Festival, the film tells the story of Don Johnston (Bill Murray), a man overflowing with wealth but void of emotion. On the day that his most recent girlfriend (Julie Delpy) has given up on him for good, he learns, through an anonymous letter, that he might be the father of a 19-year-old boy. Spurned into action by his wannabe private eye neighbor, Winston (Jeffrey Wright), Don sets off on a personal journey to visit the former partners who may or may not have mothered his child. They include the flighty Laura (Sharon Stone), whose daughter Lolita (Alexis Dziena) certainly lives up to her name; the uptight Dora (Frances Conroy), who has settled into a sterile life with her chipper husband, Ron (Christopher McDonald); the strangely distant Carmen (Jessica Lange), who makes a living as an "animal communicator;" and, finally, Penny (Tilda Swinton), a hard-edged biker who is the least happiest to see Don. Each confrontation leaves Don feeling more lost than the last, spinning him into an even greater state of apathetic confusion.
In typical Jarmusch fashion, he wrote the script for BROKEN FLOWERS with his casting firmly in mind: only Murray could play this role. The result showcases Murray's brilliance as a less-is-more presence. Jarmusch also gives some of Hollywood's most talented female actresses roles they can relish. A hundred percent Jarmusch, BROKEN FLOWERS is a wry, tender, and bittersweet portrait of a man who is drifting aimlessly through life.
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