Withdrawn curmudgeon Don Johnston receives an anonymous letter from a former flame telling him about a son he never knew about, prompting him to embark on a cross country journey to visit his past girlfriends.
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Hard to figure out what if anything Jarmusch wanted to say in this film, other than to leave past romances behind. As for Bill Murray, he has played this emotionally resigned character too many times now.
A pleasant amble around themes of age and change, undercut with a wry eye on a modern, anonymous America. It's rather Jarmusch on low gas but none the worse for it. The still quality is a minor blessing in a modern cinema of slam-dunk pyrotechnics providing room to breathe if not think too deeply.
This might just be one of the saddest films I've seen in recent memory. Feelings of nostalgia, being lost, being alone, past love, mystery and disappointment converge perfectly in this movie. Honestly this could be one of the better Jarmusch film's I've seen and I'm a huge fan of his. If I had one complaint its that the visual style wasn't always as interesting as I'd like it to be, but overall this film is amazing.
An old and tired playboy with no emotional nor moral bond or tie to somebody or something whatsoever, reluctantly tries to find all that in a road trip through america. Perhaps Jim Jarmusch's most conventional film, but yet it has his undeniable touch, such as the constant motif of the traveler, general feel of subtlety and coldness, minimalism, a good soundtrack and oddly humorous situations.