Permanent Vacation

by Jim Jarmusch

Permanent Vacation


PERMANENT VACATION is Jim Jarmusch‘s first feature. It is a narrative, which follows two and a half days in the life of Aloysious Parker, a young wanderer with no home, no school, and no job. He has lived in all kinds of situations and with many different people - almost all of them exiles from the daily, working world. Now, at the age of sixteen, Allie drifts into and out of strange encounters with other misfits; always moving, always keeping just ahead of whatever it is that seems to be chasing him.

The main character is partially based on the actor portraying him (Chris Parker), whose real life situation is very similar to that of Aloysious Parker - a name Chris chose for the part. Pieces of dialog came directly from tapes that I made with Chris while writing the script, and almost all of the many back street locations in Manhattan were very familiar to him. The film attempts to merge re-created experiences with imagined ones, placing the camera somewhere in the netherworld between documentary and theatrical (neorealism in color?).


Jarmusch is one of America's most talented independent directors, who continues to make original films. This is his humble beginning in films, and the result is a well-crafted technical accomplishment with flashes showing of his great ability to tell a story. - Dennis Schwartz


2013 Only Lovers Left Alive 
2009 The Limits of Control
2005 Broken Flowers
2003 Coffee and Cigarettes
1999 Ghost Dog
1997 Year of the Horse (Documentary)
1995 Coffee and Cigarettes III (Short)
1995 Dead Man
1991 Night on Earth
1989 Mystery Train
1989 Coffee and Cigarettes II (Short)
1988 Talking Heads: Storytelling Giant (Video)
1986 Coffee and Cigarettes (Short)
1986 Down by Law
1984 Stranger Than Paradise
1983 Stranger Than Paradise (Short)
1980 Permanent Vacation  


Chris Parker - Allie
Leila Gastil - Leila


Writer and director: Jim Jarmusch
Production manager: Sara Driver
Cinematographer: Thomas DiCillo
Editor: Jim Jarmusch
Music: John Lurie & Jim Jarmush plus "Up there in orbit" by Earl Bostic

Technical Data

Lenght: 80 min.
Original language: English 

Permanent Vacation
Permanent Vacation

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