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Night on Earth

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Time Out says

LA, 7.07 pm: chain-smoking Ryder gets movie agent Rowlands in the back of her cab, and inadvertently persuades her she'd be right for a role Rowlands is casting. At the very same time, taxi drivers across the world are also having seemingly inconsequential encounters with passengers: in New York, inept East German exile Müller-Stahl hands over the wheel to young black Esposito; in Paris, Ivory Coaster De Bankolé discusses sight and sex with blind, belligerent Dalle; in Rome, raving Benigni confesses a carnal past to priest Bonacelli; and in Helsinki, melancholy Pellonpää calms three drunks with a tale of infinite sadness. As ever with Jarmusch, as the five sequential stories proceed toward their unexpectedly poignant conclusion, there's a touch of the experimental at play; but it's also a film of great warmth. Character prevails throughout, and with the exception of a miscast Ryder, the performances are terrific. Though it may take a while to get Jarmusch's gist, hang in there; by the time Tom Waits growls his lovely closing waltz over the credits, Jarmusch has shown us moments most film-makers don't even notice.
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Release Details

  • Duration:129 mins

Cast and crew

  • Director:Jim Jarmusch
  • Screenwriter:Jim Jarmusch
  • Cast:
    • Paolo Bonacelli
    • Roberto Benigni
    • Rosie Perez
    • Armin Müller-Stahl
    • Giancarlo Esposito
    • Gena Rowlands
    • Winona Ryder
    • Béatrice Dalle
    • Isaach De Bankolé
    • Matti Pellonpää
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