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Broken Flowers

A man searches for answers about a son he never knew he had, meeting old flames along the way.


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This is Jim Jarmusch's ninth movie ("Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai"), by then already established as one of the most distinct and important voices in American independent cinema. It is also Bill Murray's second collaboration with the director, on his way to consolidating his career as a dramatic actor after films such as "Lost in Translation" and "The Royal Tenenbaums". With Jarmusch's peculiar style of humor and minimalism, "Broken Flowers" is a bittersweet road movie about an ordinary man who is overtaken by his past, and must reconcile its consequences with the apparent emptiness of his mundane existence. It may be too commonplace a story for those unfamiliar with the director's filmography, but Murray is fascinating as the veteran Don Juan, accompanied by an all-star female cast that includes Julie Delpy ("Before Sunrise"), Sharon Stone ("Casino"), Jessica Lange ("All That Jazz"), Tilda Swinton ("The Thief of Orchids"), Frances Conroy ("The Aviator") and Chloë Sevigny ("Melinda and Melinda").



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Plot summary

As the extremely withdrawn Don Johnston is dumped by his latest woman, he receives an anonymous letter from a former lover informing him that he has a son who may be looking for him.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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