Permanent Vacation

75 mins
7.2 / 10 (5454)


The young, alienated Aloysius Christopher Parker has no home, no school, and no job. He wanders an empty Manhattan searching for a sense of meaning, drifting in and out of strange encounters with eccentrics and vagabonds—always keeping just ahead of whatever it is that seems to be chasing him.

MUBI's take

Shot for just $12, 000 in grimy downtown Manhattan, Jim Jarmusch’s lo-fi, laconic debut has become an iconic example of true indie cinema. With its long takes, desolate urban setting, and interest in hip, offbeat outcasts, Permanent Vacation takes a cool and considerate look at life on the fringes.