Broken Flowers


Broken Flowers (Jim Jarmusch, 2005) Bill Murray, Julie Delpy

As the extremely withdrawn Don Johnston is dumped by his latest woman, he receives an anonymous letter from a former lover informing him that he has a son who may be looking for him.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

Jim Jarmusch’s Broken Flowers was going to be called Dead Flowers, but I guess the marketing guys thought the other adjective would sell better. I was surprised to find that the main music guy on it is Mulatu Astatke, with about five tracks.

It has Bill Murray as an aging bachelor Don Juan who receives an unsigned note in red typewriter on pink paper telling him he has a son he’s never met, and the story has him revisiting five women from his past (one of whom is dead). Nice simple structure: easy for Jim to write. Art ending.

Coincidentally, Bill Murray's character in The Life Aquatic also has an alleged son whom he had never met.

Garry Gillard | New: 15 March, 2017 | Now: 18 July, 2020