In the minimal and non-traditional plot, the main character travels about the country meeting with various acquaintances when not taking part in various mundane, day-to-day activities. —Flixster
Self-taught writer/director Richard Linklater was among the first and most successful talents to emerge during the American independent film renaissance of the 1990s. Typically setting each of his movies during one 24-hour period, Linklater’s work explored what he dubbed “the youth rebellion continuum,” focusing in fine detail on generational rites and mores with rare compassion and understanding while definitively capturing the twenty-something culture of his era through a series of nuanced, illuminating ensemble pieces which introduced any number of talented young actors into the Hollywood firmament. Born in Houston, TX, in 1960, Linklater suspended his educational career at Sam Houston State University to work on an offshore oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico. He subsequently relocated to the state’s capital of Austin, where he founded a film society and began work on his debut short film, 1987’s It’s Impossible to Learn to Plow by Reading Books. Three years later he released the sprawling… read more
Linklater's commentary is actually very engaging. So is the film. Simplicity, minimalist filmmaking at its finest.
Highly similar atmosphere to Jarmusch´s first movie "Permanent Vacation. Describes well the beauty of nothingness.
A movie rich in atmosphere and attitude. Like a William Eggleston photograph, Linklater captures the beauty in the purely ordinary. From brushing your teeth to hitchhiking, every action is treated the same, with a static shot, protagonist either sitting in or walking into the background. A portrait of disconnection, alienation and the mindset of travel.