Broken Flowers - rated - SIMMERING
This is such a classic Jim Jarmusch film. It has all the elements
we fans know and love: stillness, episodic structure, non-sequiturs,
cool music, cigarettes
& coffee, fairly low production values, travelling scenes, and
weird locations like motel rooms &
Jarmusch wrote this film for Bill Murray. Since both specialise
in stillness, it makes sense that they come together. Early on
there's a wonderful scene in which Jarmusch audaciously holds the
camera on Murray for an absolute age (it's the champagne-drinking
Jeffrey Wright plays a terrifically eccentric character who is Murray's
next-door neighbour. He's become a wacky danger to those around
him because these days everyone can do everything on the net – and that
could be very bad indeed!.
Jarmush indulges himself by creating a series of fabulously strange
female characters of a certain aga (and isn't that a delicious
development?). So we get to see Sharon Stone (Laura), Frances
Jessica Lange (Carmen) and Tilda Swinton (Penny), as well as Julie
Delpy, bringing the
age demographic down a bit. We also get to see Stone's
character's daughter, called Lolita, with heart-shaped earrings instead
of sunglasses. And we get to see her in a bikini too.
Jessica Lange's character is hilarious: she's Dr Markowski,
Animal Communicator. She helps people. "It takes a lot of
courage to say
what you said," says a patient to his rabbit. And of course, as Chloe
Sevigny announces, " Mr Realdo & Skippy are waiting in the session
room". If only we got to see them!
Typical Jarmusch non-sequitur: Sun Green is the name of the kind flower
shop girl. Sun Green was the name of the young heroine in Neil
Young's first feature film (made under his pen-name of Bernard Shakey),
called Greendale (2003). I saw it at
the Sydney Film Festival in 2004,
and you can see my review by clicking on that link or by going there
via the Sydney Film Festival button on my home page.
As usual with Jarmusch, there's an amazing score - strange african
beats are mixed with hammond organ. At one stage a train's whitle
and a horn play together.
It's a pleasure to see all these mature actors acting up a storm under
the eccentric baton of Jim Jarmusch. Long may it continue!