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Broken Flowers

by Sam Cohen
EDGE Media Network Contributor
Tuesday May 14, 2019
Broken Flowers

There's plenty of films and filmmakers out there whose sole purpose in their career is to try to find some deeper truth lying in the human condition. Some even spend years upon years only to tie themselves down by the voyage for deeper meaning, losing an audience along the way.

Director/writer Jim Jarmusch isn't one of those artists. He's the kind that rightfully stays befuddled at what the primary motivation behind being alive is. That deeper meaning mentioned earlier is stumbled upon in his narratives, never does it take over the story. Even though "Broken Flowers" is considered by some as one of his minor works, it's no less idiosyncratic in the ways it details the human psyche lusting at the idea of romance.

Don Johnston (Bill Murray) gets dumped and receives a mysterious letter in the mail the very same day. That letter is written anonymously from a former lover informing him that he has a son that may be looking for him. Winston (Jeffrey Wright), his internet sleuth neighbor, takes it upon himself to locate every single one of Don's ex-lovers so he can go investigate this mystery for himself. What Don's not expecting is that this journey through the past may grant him some kind of closure or insight into how he can find happiness with love gone from his life.
Bill Murray is always a perfect vessel for a character that's very slowly dissociating himself from society. With physical wealth, he has everything. And with emotional, he has nothing. He isn't some billionaire with a bunch of toys that can't seem to connect with others. Rather, he's a business owner who got rich very quickly because of the advent of the internet and then retired only to find a life with less fulfillment. Murray is the perfect partner to Jarmusch's minimalist style, where the camera is focusing very intensely on Don Johnston's every single move and emotion. When the ice surrounding Don's heart starts to thaw, Murray is one of the few performers that can make it seem like a moment that deserves fireworks even when the story doesn't call for it. In Jarmusch's world, it's not about some big epiphany that suddenly brings the whole world into view. It's about the delicate little details that make life worth living.

Even though there isn't a ton of special features on the "Broken Flowers" Blu-ray from Kino Lorber and their Studio Classics label, you should pick this up because it's a personal little gem of a film that only someone like Jarmusch could deliver. Plus, the audio and visual transfer of the film looks great, which is par for the course when talking about Kino Lorber.

Special features include:

• "Girl on the Bus" Extended Scene
• "Start to Finish: Outtakes"
• "Farmhouse" - Featurette
• 5.1 Surround and 2.0 Stereo Audio
• Theatrical Trailer

"Broken Flowers"
Kino Lorber Blu-ray


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