Stranger Than Paradise (1983)

Original Title : Stranger Than Paradise
Director : Jim Jarmusch
Writer : Jim Jarmusch
Genre : Comedy
Country : USA
Language : English
Producer : Sara Driver , Otto Grokenberger
Music : John Lurie
Photography : Tom DiCillo
IMDB ID : 0088184
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Stranger Than Paradise (1983) - Jim Jarmusch


¬John Lurie Willie
¬Eszter Balint Eva
¬Richard Edson Eddie
¬Cecillia Stark Aunt Lotte
¬Danny Rosen I
¬Rammellzee Man With Money
¬Tom DiCillo Airline Agent
¬Richard Boes Factory Worker


This is about a self-styled New York hipster (John Lurie of the Lounge Lizards) who is paid a suprise and quite unwelcome visit by his pretty sixteen-year-old Hungarian cousin. From initial hostility and indifference a strange affection grows between the two exiles. Due to complete boredom they decide to visit their aunt in the wastelands of Cleveland and then proceed to sunny Florida where they lose all their money and unwittingly gain a fortune. With a final ironic twist, they are at the end, back where they began. Willie is a pre-slacker-era slacker living in New York City. His cousin Eva from Hungary visits him for several days, and then goes to Cleveland to stay with their Aunt Lotte. One year later, Willie and his friend Eddie take a road trip to Cleveland to visit Eva and Aunt Lotte.


Good yet not Okay, Stranger than Paradise is good from a technical point of view. I suppose this is some form of high art. I really loved the camera movement or lack thereof. And I also really liked the color of the film (again, the lack of). But, I'm one of those people who haven't been to a film school so I also like to be at least mildly entertained when I watch a movie. Stranger than Paradise barely gives me any entertainment at all. I found the Aunt to be fairly entertaining and a few scenes with Eddie were funny (the movie scene when he gets the popcorn for some reason cracks me up). But I found John Lurie to be good for the most part be stale in parts and I thought Eszter Balint to be the weak acting link here. She was decent but her lines seemed to fall flat a lot. And like some else said, in a way it is the kind of movie that hurts indie filmmaking. If you notice that it was Pulp Fiction, a movie that met technical prowess with high entertainment value that made people living outside of LA &, NYC notice indie films. So, I give Stranger than Paradise a 6.5 out of 10.
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Stranger Than Paradise (1983) - Jim Jarmusch