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Permanent Vacation (1980)

Not Rated | | Comedy , Drama | 25 April 1984 (France)
A young man wanders New York City searching for some meaning in life and encounters many idiosyncratic characters.

Director:

Jim Jarmusch

Writer:

Jim Jarmusch

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Chris Parker ... Allie
Leila Gastil Leila Gastil ... Leila
John Lurie ... Sax player
Richard Boes Richard Boes ... War vet
Sara Driver ... Nurse
Charlie Spademan Charlie Spademan ... Patient
Jane Fire Jane Fire ... Nurse
Ruth Bolton Ruth Bolton ... Mother
Evelyn Smith Evelyn Smith ... Patient
María Duval María Duval ... Latin girl
Lisa Rosen Lisa Rosen ... Popcorn girl
Frankie Faison ... Man in lobby
Suzanne Fletcher Suzanne Fletcher ... Girl in car
Felice Rosser Felice Rosser ... Woman by mailbox
Eric Mitchell Eric Mitchell ... Car fence
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Storyline

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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Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 April 1984 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Dauernd Ferien See more »

Filming Locations:

Roosevelt Island, New York, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Cinesthesia Productions See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film is featured on second disc of the Stranger Than Paradise (1984) DVD released in 2007 by the Criterion Collection. See more »

Goofs

The level of beer in the Leila's glass changes between shots. See more »

Quotes

Allie: Some people, you know, they - they can distract themselves with ambitions and motivation to work, you know, but not me... They think people like myself are crazy, you know. Everyone does because of the way I live, you know.
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Original debut
7 November 1998 | by 121212See all my reviews

This film which is, as far as I know, the first one by Jarmusch, when he still studied to become a film director, is original in its way to reinstall 'realism' – somebody would say 'surrealism' – into film art. He tries to make us understand a special psychological type of our time, a 'tourist in life' on 'permanent vacation'. People having decided to follow that life strategy don't engage themselves in anything or anyone. They just do what they 'feel like', not caring about what that means to others. Others are not really human. They are looked upon as a tourist might look upon an exotic and alien tribe.

However, they themselves also feel alienated and estranged, indeed. Why engage in anything? The home where I was born was bombed out 'by the Chinese', my mother is crazy, my father is dead, and there is no hope for the future.

Jarmusch is convincing in his description of this psychological type which might be typical of our time. It might be a descripton of himself. But that is not what makes the film original. It is rather the way he succeeds in making that description.

Already in this film he uses stationary cameras with horizontal, and sometimes vertical, views, and depicts the world, as exemplified by New York City, as ugly as it is to all of us, if we do not embellish it.

What Jarmusch has to tell might be banal to some but it is certainly something that exists and is quite difficult to make understandable to us. Exactly like the opinion of the main character. But I think he has been successful in mediating such an understanding to us who have chosen a different life strategy.


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