Broken Flowers (2005)

Broken Flowers (2005, USA/FRA) C-106m. ** D: Jim Jarmusch. Starring Bill Murray, Jeffrey Wright, Julie Delpy, Sharon Stone, Jessica Lange, Frances Conroy, Christopher McDonald, Chloe Sevigny, Chris Bauer, Tilda Swinton, Mark Webber. Typically laconic and slow Jim Jarmusch movie about a tired, middle-aged man (Murray) who receives an anonymous letter one day, telling him that he has an 18-year-old son. His neighbour then eggs him on to look for the possible mother and visit some old flames. Road movie with the inimitable Murray is typical Jarmusch fodder, slight, ponderous stuff that grows on you. That's Murray's real son Homer staring at him from the car at the end.

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