Stranger than paradise

Stranger than paradise

The winner of the 1984 Camera d’Or, Jarmusch’s three-part minimalist road-movie is the story of Willie (John Laurie), a post-beatnik New York slacker who gets an unexpected visit from his Eastern-European cousin Eva en route to visit her aunt in Cleveland. At first the foreign teenage girl is a nuisance, but a year after she leaves, Willie and his friend Eddie (played by former Sonic Youth drummer Richard Edson) miss her and spend their recent gambling windfall on driving to visit her. Filmed in a series of uninterrupted black and white static shots, the film strongly cements the beginnings of the now iconic Jarmuschesque deadpan and minimalist style. With its delicate humor and dramatic nonchalance, Jim Jarmusch's one-of-a-kind minimalist masterpiece, Stranger Than Paradise forever transformed the landscape of American independent cinema.

Stranger than paradise

  • Director: Jim Jarmusch
  • Year: 1984
  • Run Time: 89 mins
  • Country: US West Germany
  • Rating: M