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Coffee and Cigarettes
Director_ Jim Jamush
USA 2003 96min 35mm b&w feature Fiction
Review

is a portrait depicting the ordinary life of an American under the pretext of coffee and cigarette. People from different backgrounds appear, drink coffee, smoke cigarettes and exchange dull conversations. And they argue or turn sulky or are disappointed or happy. is a drama bundled up with short films director Jim Jarmusch had been making for a long time. The pleasure of watching comes in many ways. Firstly, we can take part in Jarmusch´s cynical sarcasm directed against an American life represented by the so-called Californian lifestyle. It can be pleasing enough if we watch this film with the parody that makes a twisted mockery of American culture symbolized by an obsession with health and a pathological anxiety over death, and with the love towards a caffeine- and alcohol-addicted anti-social character living without any self-respect and responsibility. On one side, this film can be an anthropological report that observes little gestures and conversations of ordinary people living in the city. But of course, we must not fall into utter confusion at this point. is a film full of nostalgia. Jim Jarmusch embodies each character; his/her gesture with lonesome yearning as if to tell us that there is a life lived by one´s own personality in one´s own place. The format dominating explains it. Each piece makes up one chapter and there, we are pulled to have an illusion of meeting a typical American or a character close to that. But it is only an illusion. seems to be a character drama and at the same time ifs a film that admits it is impossible to become one. The title is pertinent in that sense. In its very precise meaning, Jim Jarmusch points to the world of life where there is no character. Undoubtedly there are only things like coffee and cigarettes in that world.

CREDIT
DirectorJim Jarmusch
DIRECTOR
Jim JARMUSCH
Born in 1953, he studied film at NYU. He worked as an assistant of Lightning Over Water at Nicholas Ray's suggestion. He won Golden Camera with Stranger Than Paradise(1984) and Grand Prix with Broken Flowers(2005) at Festival de Cannes. Further, his several films such as Dead Man(1995) and Only Lovers Left Alive(2013). Coffee and Cigarettes(2003) had been screened at Jeonju IFF.
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