Bill Murray gives a typically droll and minimalist performance as aging bachelor Don, on a hesitant hunt for a child he may have fathered 20 years before. As his latest lover Sherry (Delpy) walks out the door a mysterious pink letter arrives, informing him that he may have a son who may now be looking for him.
At the urging of his amateur-sleuth neighbour Winston (who even books flights for him), Don embarks on a cross-country trek in search of clues from 4 former flames. Unannounced visits to each of these remarkable women (played by a super-league of actress talent) seem not to shake Don’s deadpan reserve but certainly offer surprises and a series of exquisite comedy episodes. This latest film from the maverick US indie auteur ranks alongside STRANGER THAN PARADISE, DOWN BY LAW and DEAD MAN as his very finest. Beautifully shot by Frederick Elmes in leafy East Coast suburbia and countryside locations, it’s a gently melancholic, bittersweet tale that offers further proof of Murray’s idiosyncratic leading man status. With a cracking score by the hugely collectable Mulatu Astatke, BROKEN FLOWERS offers the most pleasurable of viewing experiences.