- Broken Flowers is a 2005 French-American comedy-drama film written and directed by Jim Jarmusch and produced by Jon Kilik and Stacey Smith. The film focuses on an aging " Don Juan " who embarks on a cross-country journey to track down four of his former lovers after receiving an anonymous letter stating that he has a son.
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Broken Flowers is a 2005 French-American comedy-drama film written and directed by Jim Jarmusch and produced by Jon Kilik and Stacey Smith. The film focuses on an aging "Don Juan" who embarks on a cross-country journey to track down four of his former lovers after receiving an anonymous letter stating that he has a son.
- $10 million
- August 5, 2005
- Jon Kilik, Stacey Smith
- Mulatu Astatke
"Broken Flowers" stars Bill Murray as Don Johnston, a man who made his money in computers and now doesn't even own one. To sit at the keyboard would mean moving from his sofa, where he seems to be stuck. As the film opens, his latest girlfriend (Julie Delpy) is moving out. She doesn't want to spend any more time with "an over-the-hill Don Juan." After she leaves, he remains on the sofa ...
Aug 26, 2005 · Directed by Jim Jarmusch. With Bill Murray, Jessica Lange, Sharon Stone, 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 As the extremely withdrawn Don Johnston is dumped by his latest woman, he receives an anonymous letter from a former lover informing him that he has a son who may be looking for him.
- Jim Jarmusch
- Characters’ Expressions
- Use of Dialogue
- Symbolic Clues
- Unresolved Narrative
- Works Cited
Ambiguous films require viewers to be active in understanding their content. Passive viewers will overlook a character’s expressions if, for example, a scene is edited between characters within a couple of seconds. This does not matter for active viewers, as they know any observations will be significant. Active viewers that observe a character’s expressions with a deep sense of focus will make ambiguous films work, as opposed to passive viewers who only acknowledge what is on the surface. After Don reads the letter informing him about his son, he is persuaded to visit numerous ex-girlfriends. Don talks to himself before visiting Laura, the first ex-girlfriend. “Look for clues”, he repeats. Don’s repetition of “look for clues” motivates viewers to place themselves in Don’s position, to become inquisitive of any clues. Don asks Laura if she owns a typewriter, which was used to type the letter. Don focuses on Laura’s reaction, seeking any expression which may indicate she wrote the le...
Dialogue within any film is important to represent a character’s personality. Yet dialogue also contains indications which solve mysteries within ambiguous films. Passive viewers will simply take dialogue for granted, accepting everything a character said without any underlying meaning. Active viewers are able to detect underlying meanings, as they hold cryptic clues in solving a narrative’s mystery. This is another method which reflects the impact of ambiguous films depending on active or passive viewers. “It’s very strange, you showing up like this”. Dora’s use of language during Don’s visit comes across as an emotive drama, yet active viewers can interpret Dora’s use of language differently. Since Don is searching for the mysterious ex-girlfriend, active viewers could assume Dora is defensive, as she might feel her secret (if any) will be unraveled. Yet there could be other reasons unrelated to Don’s search. Interpretations of Dora manifest during a dinner conversation between he...
Symbolic clues in films need to be understood if any ambiguity will be resolved. Passive viewers may simply refuse to contemplate symbolism or will be unable to link symbolism towards the narrative. Active viewers are able to relate symbolism towards the narrative through interpretations. Whether these interpretations are right or wrong, active viewers at least have the ability to make ambiguous films work. Without the ability to form interpretations, the impact of ambiguous films will be minimal at best. There are various pink items throughout Broken Flowers, alluding to Don’s search for the mysterious ex-girlfriend. Broken Flowers‘ opening scene shows a pink envelope being delivered to Don’s letterbox. The pink envelope has great importance to the narrative, becoming Don’s catalyst for solving the mystery. Whether it is Laura’s nightgown, Dora’s business card or Penny’s typewriter (strongly hinting she is the mysterious ex-girlfriend), pink always engages Don’s mind which should a...
Broken Flowers’ narrative remains unresolved, adding to its ambiguity. Passive viewers will feel underwhelmed and possibly annoyed by the narrative’s lack of clarity. However, active viewers will strive on their general interpretations of Broken Flowers‘ narrative. This contrast between active and passive viewers emphasises the need for active viewers to enjoy ambiguous films, or else a narrative’s meaning will be unfulfilled. Broken Flowers‘ final scene is Don trying to bond with The Kid. After Don states he knows (at least in his opinion) that The Kid is his son, the latter is scared off and runs away as Don vainly attempts to catch up. Don is left standing alone in the street when he stares at a car passenger glaring back at him, hinting he may be Don’s son. These two moments leave Don in a confused state of mind. The ambiguity of the final scene is left for viewers to interpret, as Don has not resolved the identities of his mystery ex-girlfriend or son. Active viewers have to de...
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Comment by Anna on December 27, 2011 2:51 am. This is my interpretation which is by no means “right”: The movie’s ending was perfect. The character starts off thinking he knows what life is and is content to just watch movies and let time slip by.
broken flowers meaning Messages received.Delicate messages of love, joy and healing. If you can tell the color of the flower that appears in the dream the interpretation will vary according to the meaning of each color.
Aug 05, 2005 · With "Broken Flowers," Jim Jarmusch's sly, touching new film, Bill Murray reaffirms his status as the quietest comic actor in movies today. His voice barely rises above a murmur, and his face ...
Aug 05, 2005 · Broken Flowers, which opens here later this year, represents something of a departure. The movie stars Bill Murray as a man on a road trip, searching for the mother of a son he may have fathered.
Apr 18, 2007 · Great movie. 0 0. jaime8384. 1 decade ago. At the end of Broken Flowers you see Bill Murrys son and he doesn't reliaze that it is his father. 0 0. may. 4 years ago.
Broken Blossoms or The Yellow Man and the Girl, often referred to simply as Broken Blossoms, is a 1919 American silent drama film directed by D. W. Griffith.It was distributed by United Artists and premiered on May 13, 1919.