Stranger than paradise heralded a great new filmmaking talent in Jim Jarmusch.
Stranger Than Paradise
One of the great indie classics this was a breakthrough work in more ways than one.
An utterly unique film in every way, on its release Stranger Than Paradise heralded a great new filmmaking talent in Jim Jarmusch. Odd long-takes, likeably dislikable characters, tattered and desolate locations and in no real hurry to do anything, it was - and still is - fresh and right in the moment.
Willie is a very dodgy hipster living what seems a mundane life of going to the race track, playing cards, doing nothing in particular and generally scamming his way along - mostly with his equally aimless buddy Eddie.
Willie’s Hungarian cousin Eva lands on his New York doorstep and from there - well nothing really develops between the three - but boy that nothing is fantastic to watch.
Filled with texture and an obvious chemistry between everyone in front and behind the camera Stranger than Paradise is most excellent fun.