28. Jim Jarmusch
Chris Fujiwara

In Broken Flowers by Jim Jarmusch, Bill Murray plays Don, a rich man who is persuaded, against his will, to leave the comfort and isolation of his home and visit several former girlfriends in various parts of America, seeking among them the one who may be the mother of a (perhaps nonexistent) teenage boy who may be Don's son. In relation to the established models of the road movie and to the contemporary mythologies of American life, Broken Flowers is a work of subversion, wearing a disguise of serenity and cool humor. Undertaking what is ostensibly a journey into the past, with profound implications for the future, Jarmusch and his hero find the horizon of the present shrinking rather than expanding.