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Stranger Than Paradise

(DVD - 2007 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Stranger Than Paradise


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Willie, a disenchanted loner, is visited by his sixteen-year old Hungarian cousin Eva. Willie's equally slacker best friend Eddie also meets Eva, and the three become loose friends, until Eva decides to leave to visit Willie and Eva's Aunt Lottie in Cleveland. After a while Willie and Eddie are surprised to find that they miss Eva's companionship and take off for Cleveland in an old car. Finding Cleveland in winter to be disappointingly cold and unattractive, the three leave Cleveland for sunny Florida, landing there in off-season. Accidental involvement in a drug deal provides some unsuspected good fortune until it becomes time for Eva to go back home to Hungary.
Statement of Responsibility: Janus Films ; Grokenberger Film Produktion, Munish ; Cinesthesia Productions, Inc., New York ; producer, Sara Driver ; written and directed by Jim Jarmusch
Title: Stranger than paradise
[videorecording]
Publisher: [New York] :, Janus Films :, Criterion Collection,, c2007
Edition: Special ed. 2-disc set widescreen
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (89 min.) :,sd., b&w ;,4 3/4 in. +,1 booklet (44 p. : ill. ; 19 cm.)
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Report This Mar 03, 2014
  • tkwu21 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

There hasn't been many American films done with this type saddist/minimalist tone. It seemed almost like a European film in English. This is the absolute opposite of what the studios of Hollywood tried to make America into: a glamourous and extravagant life style. Unfortunately there are a lot of parts of America that have the same feeling of hopelessness as portrayed in the film. Even spring break state Florida was made sad. A very good reminder of the stakes of pursuing the American dream.

Report This Apr 23, 2012
  • Michael rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

Fans of "No Wave Cinema"/"Cinema of Transgression" are going to hate me for this - because this is considered a classic film of those late 70's-early 80's genres... But, here goes, anyway: If you like boring ridiculous stories - about 3 boring ridiculous people... trapped in very boring ridiculous lives... yeah... it's a minimalist wonder... But this ain't pre-Reagan Lower Eastside, New York... and if you're like most people today who take in a film - to be entertained or enlightened - this flick will make you want to bounce off the walls - if not before it ends - then most certainly, at its ending! Hmmm... come to think of it - by "Cinema of Transgressions" standards - I guess that would make this movie a success! It really sticks in the craw of upper-middle class North America! (And as an aside... lol... that ending? Serves them all right for being such goofs!!!) ...p.s. If you end up liking this movie - then rush out and rent BLANK CITY - the really excellent semi-documentary film that truly captures this fascinating era in American cinema - the grand-daddy of today's Indie films. At least that film knows how to engage its audience - and hold it!

Report This Nov 06, 2011
  • mattblais rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

a minimalistic masterpiece

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