• Permanent Vacation (1982)

Permanent Vacation

Release Date: 1982

Not Yet Rated |1 hr 15 min

Plot Summary

A drifter (Chris Parker) wanders Manhattan searching for purpose and meaning, seeing his girlfriend (Leila Gastil) and meeting strangers.

Cast: Chris Parker, Leila Gastil, John Lurie, Richard Boes, Sara Driver, Charlie Spademan, Jane Fire, Ruth Bolton

Director: Jim Jarmusch

Genres: Drama , Comedy drama

Production Co: Cinesthesia Productions

Keywords: Dark, 1980s, New York City, Transformation

Ratings & Reviews

  • 60
    Time Out London

    Jim Jarmusch's 16mm feature debut, made not long after the writer/director graduated from film school, is an oblique study of a young man (Parker) adrift on the streets of New York. As he roams, he has chance encounters with a car thief, a saxophone player and a grizzled war veteran, among others. Learning their stories, he begins to seem more and more isolated. show more

  • 80
    Vincent CanbyThe New York Times

    It's a must-see for anyone who shares the belief that Mr. Jarmusch is the most arresting and original American film maker to come out of the 1980's. show more

  • 83
    IndieWire

    For all its youthful self-seriousness (or maybe in part because of it), Permanent Vacation is a touching vision of what it was like to be head over heels with art, love, and oneself in late-1970s New York. show more

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