Permanent Vacation
Permanent Vacation (1980)

In this episodic little film, an alienated young man ambles about the lonely streets of Manhattan. There he meets an assorted people, visits his girl, and his mother who is sick. Each meeting is presented as a single vignette, separate from… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: January 1, 1980
DVD Release Date: September 4, 2007
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Anton Bitel
Eye for Film

this student's film is surprisingly adult about its adolescent preoccupations - and well-nigh unmissable for the Jarmusch fan.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

An odyssey of urban despair.

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Chris Weber
Good God was this a hard film to sit through. Conceptually, it's a good idea (a kooky dude aimlessly wandering around the dingier parts of lower Manhattan… More
Robert Fearon
Jarmusch's first film doesn't possess the charm of his later ones, but his freewheeling episodic approach to storytelling is already evident.
Eric Broome
One thing's for sure: Writer-director Jim Jarmusch relished long silences and deathly slow pacing from the start. "Permanent Vacation," his… More
Luke Eberhardt
Jim Jarmusch's first film seem more experimental than major compared to his other films. Permanent Vacation shows of Jarmusch's cinematic expression… More