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Stranger Than Paradise(1984)

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  • stinger than paradise

    • kevin sellers
    • 2/9/15

    Yes, it's minimalist to the point of meaninglessness sometimes, and yes those blackouts in the place of cuts are annoyingly gimmicky, but I found, when the movie was over, that I liked it a lot more than I disliked it. As in "Mystery Train," you have a girl from abroad (in this case Hungary), with a sense of goodness about her, coming to a not so pristine America, symbolized by the male characters. The main character, her cousin, is struck by her innocence, to the point where he labors, as much as a jerk can, not to be a jerk around her. The third main character of the movie is a much warmer, though weaker, best friend of the cousin, named Eddie, who is also taken with the Hungarian girl. Nice simple story, well handled by Jarmusch. And also like "Mystery Train" the sense of place is strong, the places in question being Cleveland and the northern Florida coast, where live oak yields to palm tree. Ironically, lower east side N.Y, which you would think a hipster like Jarmusch would know inside out, is not as well rendered. Give it an A minus.

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