Broken Flowers

Release Date: August 5, 2005
Limited release

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6/25 Max Braden Slow and quiet, but I really like it that way. Jeffrey Wright is great.
32/60 Les Winan Murray is interesting, and so is the film. But interesting isn't always a good thing. Thankfully, Jeffery Wright is more than interesting.
32/85 Kim Hollis Bill Murray is phenomenal as always. He plays deadpan against a cast of outlandish characters. The movie has really stuck with me, which is a pretty heavy compliment.
90/166 David Mumpower The most damning statement I can make about this movie is that I love every other movie Bill Murray has done...even The Man Who Knew Too Little.

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Jim Jarmusch is an auteur of a director who is unafraid to take risks and go off in unique directions. Such vision has resulted in films like 2004's Coffee and Cigarettes, which was essentially a collection of vignettes that had - you guessed it - coffee and cigarettes as its centerpiece. With an outstanding performance (or pair of performances) from Cate Blanchett and a laugh-out-loud segment that featured Bill Murray interacting with members of the Wu-Tang Clan, the movie was an engaging if uneven project that showcased some intelligent work. Other movies in Jarmusch's oeuvre, including Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai and the Johnny Depp starrer Dead Man have established the director as a man with a following, albeit a small one.

Jarmusch will reunite with Bill Murray as he writes and directs a warm romantic comedy that appears to be in a similar vein to High Fidelity. Murray will portray Don Johnston, a man who is totally devoted to his bachelor lifestyle. After being dumped by a girlfriend (Julie Delpy), he receives an anonymous letter that informs him he has a son who might be searching for him. In order to solve the mystery, he will journey across the country to re-examine his past relationships, seeking out his old flames in an effort to add to the growing list of clues.

The movie will be created on an $8-10 million budget and is set to be distributed by Focus Features. It looks to be a bit more mainstream than Jarmusch's past work; however, don't count on anything mundane. The director tends to make films that are stubbornly off-putting to some audience members, and this one should at least embrace that convention in some regard. (Kim Hollis/BOP)

Vital statistics for Broken Flowers
Main Cast Bill Murray, Jessica Lange, Tilda Swinton
Supporting Cast Sharon Stone, Chloe Sevigny
Director Jim Jarmusch
Screenwriter Jim Jarmusch
Distributor Focus Features
Trailer Click Here for Trailer
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Rating R
Running Time 106 minutes
Screen Count 27
Awards Awards page for Broken Flowers
Talent in red has entry in The Big Picture



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