Broken Flowers

Focus Features presents a film written and directed by Jim Jarmusch. Running time: 105 minutes. Rated R (for language, some graphic nudity and brief drug use.)


A recent pet peeve of mine is when a movie is released with a certain actor who has previous work that is either similar or comparable to their newest release. For example, because this film stars Bill Murray and is for lack of a better word, an independent film about 100 people will come into Blockbuster and tell me it reminded them of “Lost in Translation.”


Except instead of Japan it’s in America and instead of hanging out in a hotel room with a young woman estranged from her husband, he’s traveling from state to state in search of a former lover, with the hopes of finding out who sent him a letter stating he has a son. But really, it might as well be the same movie.


This film was directed by Jim Jarmusch, an artsy fartsy kind of guy behind such films, I haven’t seen, like Ghost Dog, Dead Man and films I have seen like Coffee and Cigarettes and Night on Earth. What he does really well in this film, though some sequences are a bit taxing, is following Murray from one place to the next and capturing the sounds and motions of all the other people traveling along side him. Most notably is a scene on a bus, where two girls talk at great lengths about as little as they can muster, but it’s such a common noise you feel instantly transformed to this place in time.


This is a fun movie that will try your patience to the point of resembling a broken record, but in the end all you’ll see are the broken flowers.


***note to editor


The review seems okay and covers enough appropriate information, but the last paragraph seems like something you’d read on the back of a DVD. It might be too poetic or in other words “gay” for this review. Consider removing before publishing.

~ by fumikaelson on September 29, 2005.

One Response to “Broken Flowers”

  1. Maybe I am a little slow, but it really didn’t remind me of Lost in Translation. Both great films in there own way.

    Mr. Mikalson when this movie comes to video… DON’T RECOMMEND IT. You were almost stoned for “Lost in Translation.” THE WILL STONE YOUR ASS THIS TIME. GINGER SNAPS ALL THE WAY!!!!

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