Of course, there's a strong influence from the FNW. You can see parallels to Band of Outsiders even.
Like a visual photo album this drab road comedy unfolds itself with small moments of truth, comedy, and the emptiness of the American Dream.
"You know, it's funny... you come to someplace new, an'... and everything looks just the same"
Very spacious and calm. I understand jarmusch was avoiding conventions which would explain how calm and empty the film is,, instead of drama he values small moments segmeted by fade outs- the pieces that make a whole. Although i liked that aspect i felt it could have had more diveristy in it's emotional range and camera movements as it's montone style was bold but underwhelming. 3.5/5
10 years after Cassavete's earth-shattering A Woman Under the Influence, Jarmusch tore the American indie cinema wide open with arguably his masterpiece.
None of his other films are even close to this one in brilliance. It transcends his usual hipster obsession with coolness and stereotype authenticity (afro-american, european, native american, so on). This film is just pure naturalism, sincere and true (and funny) like a Cassavetes film. Masterpiece.
"It's Screamin' Jay Hawkins, and he's a wild man, so bug off..." I finally watched it! Very subtle, very measured... but it sticks with you long after it's ended.
I felt this film had romantic undertones, just some scenes are very romantic without it wanting to be.
A film for youth with a touch of a bit French New Wave (I think so), but on a deeper tone, it's like displaying Hungarian and American differences in terms of lifestyle, family relationships and culture.. First Jarmursch and it rocks!!!!!
Loved it. The more Jarmusch I watch the more impressed I become. I was emotionally affected by this film in a way I didn't expect going into it. Yes the movie is very funny but I also found it to be tremendously sad and I can't quite tell why. Anyway its really a remarkable achievement.