Permanent Vacation

Permanent Vacation ★★½

Sprawling, existential tale of a young beatnik graffiti writer in NYC, who wanders around searching for the truth of experience, encountering various characters along the way, providing him a wealth of other perspectives for him to ponder as he pieces together the poetry of life.  Has atmosphere to spare, but not a strong enough screenplay to fully support its neorealistic vein.  Jarmusch would go on to craft much more effective, impactful, cohesive works in the years to come.  As an ultra low-budget debut it is still impressive, and offers a glimpse into his artistic and creative mind, as well as his interest in the history of film, which would provide him influence to draw from until he found his own style.

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