I love Bill Murray, but he pretty much plays the same character he played in “Lost in Translation” in this new movie, “Broken Flowers.” It’s really slow moving – there are many shots of Bill just sitting there staring at the wall. The characters are strong – Bill plays “Don” – an aging Don Juan who finds out he may have a grown son and goes in search of the possible mothers. Sharon Stone, Jessica Lange, and Frances Conroy play a few of his former paramours. It’s a road trip movie, and a personal journey at the same time. But it is ultimately unsatisfying because there’s no real resolution. And maybe that’s the point – life is not tied up in a neat little package. But after investing a couple of hours it’s nice to have some conclusion to the story. The performances make this movie worth seeing – but it’s not a “must see.”
Broken Flowers- -
As the devoutly single Don Johnston is dumped by his latest girlfriend, he receives an anonymous pink letter informing him that he has a son who may be looking for him. The situation causes Don to examine his relationships with women instead of moving on to the next one, and he embarks on a cross-country search for his old flames who might possess clues to the mystery at hand.