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Anyway, it's a slow movie, definitely art house, but if you're in a very expat (American) mood, or halfway intelligent, you'll get it. I think it would be interesting if the director did a more updated film on Imigrants. I have a friend who's parents are from Syria, who was brought up in the U.S. He is your typical (OK, well, we're like that) American, and when cousins visit from the Middle East they're in culture shock. I think if Jim J. did something with a Middle Eastern bent it would be interesting.
I remember watching the movie shocked me because of its simplicity, its concise and beautiful dialogue and its unique visual language. There are a lot ot silences in the movie when people sit there, do something very simple (like drinking beers or watching Tom & Jerry on TV) but the only thing that comes out of the picture is their solitude. The fade-outs and fade-ins of the movie makes watching it like collecting some forgotten memories.
The movie was so tangible for me. Two guys walk on the snowy "wasteland" kind of cityscape of Cleveland saying "you go somewhere new, and you think something is different, but everything is the same." To American viewer the movie may look like a movie about America. To me, however, it was -and it is- a movie about human solitude, about the impossibility of communication among people. Virginia Wolf once said "human experiences can not be transferred to the others, this is the secret of human loneliness" (sorry, ... I translated it from the Persian text I have read. I'm sure the original English is more beautiful!) "Stranger than Paradise" is about this impossibility.
Watching the movie in Iran, reminded me of how the human solitude is coming from somewhere beyond stupidity of political systems.Read more ›
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Stranger Than Paradise is ace director Jim Jarmusch's first film, and one of his best. It concerns a man in New York City who is reluctant to take in his female cousin for a 10 day... Read morePublished on July 22 2011 by Mark Andrew Brown
Maybe THE perfect movie, very funny, very close to the bone & improves immensely with each viewing.
Back when hip meant wise rather than trendy, I would have tagged it the... Read more
This is not an exciting film. It is a love story -- a platonic love story about an American, played by John Lurie, who "doesn't even consider himself part of [his] family anymore,"... Read morePublished on June 8 2003 by Alexanderplatz
I saw this film years ago when it first came out at a little independent theatre in Boston's Back Bay. Read morePublished on Nov. 30 2002 by James Ferguson
This ranks as one of my favorite films of all time. However, I think one's opinion is affected by whether you see it on the big screen or TV. Read morePublished on Oct. 21 2002 by Elvis-from-Hell
Lest I incite hatred from that title alone, I'll explain myself: I loved "Magnolia" -- a movie many deemed boring and confusing, I loved "Bottle Rocket" and "Rushmore" -- movies... Read morePublished on June 29 2002
It's an old Python joke but it best sums up my feeling towards all the glowing reviews of what appears to be a technically competent but boring movie. Seriously, though. Read morePublished on Feb. 24 2002
I saw this movie in 1984 in a great old theatre in Sacramento, California...three times. This is without a doubt my favorite movie of all time. Read morePublished on Jan. 11 2002
Stranger Than Paradise is the most original, sensitive, intelligently humorous and satisfying movie I have ever seen. Read morePublished on Nov. 11 2001