Criterion and Hulu Plus have added plenty of early films directed by Jim Jarmusch. The indie director has just directed an new vampire flick, "Only Lovers Left Alive." This review is looking at his first film that he directed, "Permanent Vacation."
Chris Parker plays this young 'hipster' who is a wanderer, basically he wanders around his dingy apartment and around New York. He meets up with some odd sort of characters and questions life. That's basically the whole film.
It's an interesting movie, Allie (Parker's character) is a twenty-something who is lost, his mother is institutionalized and his father is absent in his life. He is a restless spirit that reads Penguin Classics (as a bookworm cool to see them represented). Anyway, the film basically has him meeting up his own past and future. There is one scene where he decides to visit his mother, he hasn't seen her in awhile.
It's a different movie, not much happens but then a lot does happen. It's a movie that makes you think and feel for the character, he's let a lot of people lost and trying to find their way. Alienation is the big key in the film. The feeling of being alone in a big world. Allie almost reminds one of the beat poet, Allen Ginsberg or well when he reenacts the appearance of a James Dean, he's that rebel. A greaser meets a beatnik.
Jazzy, depressing, thought-provoking though kind of slow and the film itself is only around 1 and 14 mins. But for a first film, it shows the workings of a great director like Jim Jarmusch is. Overall for the fans of indie and are Jarmusch followers who haven't seen his first should give it a shot. The rating for "Permanent Vacation" is 3 1/2 out of 5 stars!