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Jim Jarmusch United States, 1986

Duncan Gray's rating of the film Down by Law

Call it growth, I suppose—I found this movie insufferable (but interesting) when I first saw it in college. 6 years later, it looks like a magnificent, wily mash-up, and I'm hard-pressed to name a better cinematic fable about the promise of America and how to attain it. I still think Jarmusch takes too long to get to where he's going, but he arrives in such a beautiful place that I've been on a high ever since.