While his character is the anchor of BROKEN FLOWERS, the stellar supporting cast really fleshes it out into something special. His buffet of former girlfriends includes strong actresses like Julie Delpy, Jessica Lange, Tilda Swinton and even a non-horrific Sharon Stone. Each of Don’s encounters with these women from his past is equally unique and memorable (one is an “animal communicator,” another has Lolita for a daughter), and even though they only have bit parts, you get a real sense of history and experience from every awkward interaction. I also gotta give props to Jeffrey Wright for his role as Murray’s neighbor Winston, who made me laugh out loud more than once. (“You must find out which of your women you impregnated with your semen 20 years ago!”)
This is definitely indie veteran Jim Jarmusch’s most “mainstream” and accessible film to date, but that’s not to say it’s a movie for everyone. It still has some arthouse sensibilities to it—taking its time with characters and lingering methodically on its message of finding direction in your life. There’s also plenty of understated depth that’s left for the audience to pick up and interpret...so if you’re more of a casual moviegoer this might not be your cup of tea. Just promise me you won’t avoid BROKEN FLOWERS because you think you’ve seen this particular Bill Murray movie already. (You haven’t.)
Girls on the Bus: An extended take of the bus scene featuring two preteen girls who like to talk like preteen girls i.e. very annoyingly. C’mon, at least give us a bonus feature that has Bill Murray in it!
Broken Flowers: Start to Finish: A hilarious outtake reel that covers the whole movie and lets Murray’s comedic side shine through.
Farmhouse: A very unique five-minute behind-the-scenes piece from the farmhouse scene—unique because it’s shot in grainy black-and-white with director Jim Jarmusch narrating everything. Jarmusch’s take on the film seems really interesting, as far as what he wants the audience to take away from it. I wish he would’ve done a commentary track so we could’ve heard more.
There’s also the Theatrical Trailer and a preview of the film’s Soundtrack (which I’m going to the store to buy right now).