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Stranger Than Paradise (1984) Movie Information

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Jim Jarmusch


John Lurie
Eszter Balint
Richard Edson
Cecillia Stark
Danny Rosen





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A New Yorker is dismayed when his 16-year-old Hungarian cousin shows up unexpectedly and invades his life. Although initially hostile, the two form a mutual affection and. out of complete boredom, visit their aunt in Cleveland. Onward to sunny Florida where they lose, and gain, a forture and a final twist has them ending up right where they started. -- Chris Kavan

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Frankie 05/02/2009 (0 of 0 found this helpful)


Its Jim Jarmush first movie and I have to say it was kind of boring. There was no plot at all, the only reason why I give it two stars is because of the performance of the actors.

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06/04/2016 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Fade Out

Our Daily Free Stream: Jim Jarmusch - Stranger Than Paradiese. Und Jim Jarmusch so? Hat 2016 Paterson, einen Komödie über eine Busfahrer und Poeten, fertig gestellt. Mit Adam Driver und der tollen Golshifteh Farahani! Deshalb gibts heute sein Debüt. - Stranger Than Paradise ist eine Folge kontinierlicher Szenen, die aber nicht zwangsläufig aufeinander aufbauen. Wir sehen uns eine Sequenz an, dann wird die Leinwand schwarz. Dann kommt die nächste Szene. Fade In, Fade Out. Das alles ist aber viel mehr als blosse Spielerei: Es entspricht den ausdrucklosen Charakteren des Films, die allesamt ungeheuer schwer zu einer emotionalen Regung zu bewegen sind. Im Mittelpunkt steht Willie (John Lurie), der vor zehn Jahren aus Ungarn kam und seitdem versucht, seinen New York Akkzent zu perfektionieren....


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07/26/2013 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Stranger Than Fiction review

“Where are we goin?...I dunno.” The plot involves Willie (John Lurie), his Hungarian cousin Eva (Eszter Balint) and Eddie (Richard Edson). One day Eva brings home some stolen goods and his cousin flatters her saying “you’re alright.” After a year has passed Eddie and Willie hustle a group from playing poker and have saved enough money to go to Cleveland where Eva is staying. The pair waits in the house with Aunt Lotte. Eddie decides to go to Florida with Eva and Eddie.

Soundtrack was fair and lacks that certain impact. Pace was albeit dragging and could have used more story/background. The positives of the film were the realistic performances and the screenplay with lines: Eddie – “You know it's funny. You come to someplace new, and everything looks just the same.” And “Aw, Will...

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07/20/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Among the First True "Indie" Films

Stranger Than Paradise is a film that attempts to present the people of America at a particular time in history. Like other indie directors to follow, Jarmusch does not focus so on plot so much as intense characterization of a group of lazy, underachieving slackers. He allows us to follow them on their aimless journey across America as they continue to be thwarted by their own flaws from finding paradise. Many critics of this film cite that it is "boring" and "has no plot". There is a bit of validity to both of those statements as the first half hour of the film is quite poorly paced. However, what must be recognized is that the plot is rather unnecessary for the film, as this is not a movie about the events that happen, but rather who the events happen to. On the whole, Stranger T...

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