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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 ...
Nurse
Ruth Bolton ...
Mother
Evelyn Smith ...
Patient
María Duval ...
Latin girl
Lisa Rosen ...
Popcorn girl
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Man in lobby
Suzanne Fletcher ...
Girl in car
Felice Rosser ...
Woman by mailbox
Eric Mitchell ...
Car fence
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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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This film is featured on second disc of the Stranger Than Paradise (1984) DVD released in 2007 by the Criterion Collection. See more »

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There are fittings on the ship's railing visible in the rear shot but not in the front shot of Allie. See more »

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Allie: [reading from a book] She has dropped a roll of paper from her breast. A stranger picks it up, shuts himself in his room all night, and reads the manuscript, which contains the following: When she ventured out with her silk net, on the end of a russ, chasing the wild, free hummingbird. Send me one and I, in return, will wreath a garland of violets, mint, and geraniums. I was not present at the event of which my daughter's death was the result. If I had been, I would have defended that angel at ...
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A City's Isolated Madness
30 May 2013 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Jim Jarmusch's first film, "Permanent Vacation", although not generally a very loved picture, has gained a bit of a cult status, being one of the most popular, if not the most popular, example of No Wave Cinema, a small underground movement born in New York during the eighties that was closely associated to No Wave music (which was, by definition, counter-New Wave).

The movie depicts a strange young boy who for the most part of the story drifts along the desolated valleys of New York, encountering, oddly, almost always schizophrenics (including his mother, who is visited by our man in the mental institution she's in) or simply abnormal individuals. Actually, we find out this drifting of his is not completely purposeless: he plans to leave New York, so these wanderings can be translated as a sort of farewell to the city's madness.

Jarmusch was practically a kid when he made this movie, and, in many parts, it's pretty evident. There are some beautiful scenes, that thanks to the strange score create a very unique atmosphere, and consequently they end up being quite absorbing. These moments sadly are very rare: while the theme of aimless meandering can be interesting and easily portrayed artfully, as it has been done many times before in cinema, here the over-explaining kills the mystery of it. There is a voice-over in the beginning of the film that just doesn't fit, and, although this is a movie with relatively few words being said, whatever is being said is somewhat boring and pointless.

Jarmusch with "Permanent Vacation" has proved a good deal of sophistication in terms of atmosphere creation, a quality the director later on mastered impeccably like no other film- maker of his generation. But his writing here is the biggest fault for the movie's mediocrity.


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