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Broken Flowers
U.S.A./France 2005

Opening 8 Sep 2005

Directed by: Jim Jarmusch
Writing credits: Jim Jarmusch
Principal actors: Bill Murray, Jeffrey Wright, Sharon Stone, Frances Conroy, Jessica Lange

Bill Murray plays his character Don so straight that he is hilarious. Don is a successful retired businessman who is dumped by his latest lovely girlfriend Sherry (Julie Delpy). Sherry accuses Don of getting love letters when she finds a pink envelope addressed to him in the mail. The unsigned letter tells Don that his son may be trying to find him. The postmark is illegible. Don is unaware of having fathered any children in his promiscuous past. His crime novelist neighbor, Winston (Jeffrey Wright), is intrigued and asks Don to recall all the women he slept with during the crucial time. Don is not interested in pursuing his son, but Winston organizes a cross-country trip anyway, coercing Don into visiting his former girlfriends. He advises Don to look for clues, like anything pink. Don reluctantly follows Winston’s plan and revisits his past, with his former flames played by Sharon Stone, Tilda Swinton, Jessica Lange and Frances Conroy. With a very appropriate ending, this film by Jim Jarmusch was nevertheless too short. It was awarded the Grand Prix at the 2005 Cannes Film festival. (Mary Nyiri)

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