Don’t Come Knocking (2005)

MV5BMTA2MzI3MjM4MDReQTJeQWpwZ15BbWU3MDI2MDMyMzE@._V1_Don’t Come Knocking” is one of those slow movies you need to take your time to watch and relax, let the imagery work on you and soak up the atmosphere, dive into the characters and join them on their journey. If you do that you will be well entertained.

We follow Howard (Sam Sheppard) who once was a big Western movie star on his journey to find himself. He decides to cast aside everything and disappears from a movie set over night, taking refuge at his mother’s place whom he hasn’t seen or spoken to in over 30 years.

While there is a deep melancholy cast over the whole journey it is not depressing, it is just life. Howard is a burned out cowboy who does no longer know what to do with himself, helplessly meandering through life without home or purpose. Arriving at his mother’s place he finds out that he may have a son up in Montana where he shot a movie once. Driven by the small glimmer of hope to finally find “meaning” he continues his journey still uncertain and mortally afraid of what lies ahead and what to do once he get’s there.

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Broken Flowers (2005)

broken_flowersThe latest Jim Jarmush movie Broken Flowers is in the tradition of all Jarmusch movies a mood piece where you begin a journey, visit different places much like in a road movie and in the end return to where you came from not quite the person you were in the beginning.

Don Johnston with a “t” (Bill Murray) recently dumped by his girl friend and contemplating life in his newly gained solitude receives an anonymous pink letter claiming he has a son who might come looking for him. Only by sharing the news with his neighbor is Don coaxed out of his passiveness after much convincing. Without much to go on his neighbor and hobby detective commences to formulate a cunning plan to uncover the mystery and sends him on a readily planned road trip to visit his past, to “check in” on his former girl friends from twenty years ago.

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