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In downtown Manhattan, a twenty-something boy ('Chris Parker')whose Father is not around and whose Mother is institutionalized, is a big Charlie Parker fan. He almost subconsciously searches for more meaning in his life and meets a few characters along the way. Written by
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Where have you been? I haven't seen you since Thursday.
Walking, just walking around. I can't seem to sleep at night, not in this city.
Doesn't seem like you sleep at all.
Well, I have my dreams while I'm awake.
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A young slacker (Chris Parker) wanders New York City searching for some meaning in life and encounters many idiosyncratic characters.
From the plot, this sounds much like Richard Linklater's film "Slacker". And while I have no doubt that Jarmusch was an influence on Linklater, there is clearly no direct connection here... this is not the quirky film of Linklater, but a dreary and more depressing vision.
Aside from the incredible dance sequence, there is not a large amount of action. Of course, that is not the point -- there are a series of mad characters, which could be seen as "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" transported to New York City, with a jazz spin.
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