Permanent Vacation

Permanent Vacation ★★

Part of Jim Jarmusch January: A Director's Retrospective

It has taken me years to get to it, but Jim Jarmusch's feature film debut, Permanent Vacation just isn't very good. While it features a lot of stylistic attributes that would become fulfilled in his future films, Permanent Vacation feels more like a test film, and less like an actual film.

It was shot on 16mm when Jarmusch was 27, shortly after he dropped out of film school. Jarmusch's wishes to break film rules are clearly evident here, as this film isn't about much and has little care for conventional filming. But it's not that assured here, and the lively energy and eccentric nature is not quite here yet. But it's coming.

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