Willie (John Lurie), a Hungarian immigrant, learns that his 16-year-old niece (Eszter Balint) is coming from the old country to visit him in New York; he’s less than enthusiastic about baby-sitting her. Jim Jarmusch turned a 1983 short film into his feature debut and received much praise from critics and his subsequently gushing fans. The movie moves like molasses and is mostly interesting today as a typical example of the Jarmusch style. Shot in black-and-white, with a fairly static camera and big, bold cuts between scenes, the film portrays lonely individuals in bleak landscapes, but not without a sense of humor.
1984-U.S. 90 min. Color. Written and directed by Jim Jarmusch. Music: John Lurie. Cast: John Lurie (Willie), Eszter Balint (Eva), Richard Edson (Eddie), Cecilia Stark.