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Permanent Vacation (1980)

 |  Drama  |  26 July 1986 (Japan)
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A young slacker wanders New York City searching for some meaning in life and encounters many idiosyncratic characters.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Chris Parker ...
Allie
Leila Gastil ...
Leila
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Sax player
Richard Boes ...
War vet
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Nurse
Charlie Spademan ...
Patient
Jane Fire ...
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Ruth Bolton ...
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Evelyn Smith ...
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María Duval ...
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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 Anonymous

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Some people they can distract themselves with ambitions and motivation to work but not me
9 August 2012 | by (Fraggle Rock) – See all my reviews

Jim Jarmusch's debut 'Permanent Vacation' is said to be his student film. It does have a certain student-film feel to it mostly because of the minimalism and the actors. It is an exceptionally well shot film. However, it also felt somewhat sketchy and a few dialogues felt out of place.

In a way, 'Permanent Vacation' reminded me of 'Catcher In The Rye' as the story here follows a slacker in search for meaning in New York city (it's refreshing to see the non-glamorous, non-typical Hollywoodized but rawer side of the city) before taking a permanent vacation. The plot does sound simplistic and perhaps even uninteresting to some but the film is engaging as Jarmusch immediately gets his viewers involved into the subjective world of Allie. Whereas most of Jarmusch's films are conversational, 'Permanent Vacation' is more of a wandering. The story itself may be familiar in the filmworld but it also applies to today's society. The film's also tedious at times.

Chris Parker is quite effective as Allie Parker. The rest of the actors, with the exception of Frankie Faison, aren't particularly impressive but that doesn't ruin the film.

Although it may have some faults, Jarmusch's first experimental film is quite a compelling debut.


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