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7.9
/10
4,807 Ratings

Night on Earth

Directed by Jim Jarmusch
France, United Kingdom, 1991
Drama, Comedy, Cult

Synopsis

An anthology of five different taxi drivers in five American and European cities and their remarkable fares with a multitude of strangers on the same eventful night, including tales of urban displacement and existential angst.

Our take

Before his broader anthology film Coffee and Cigarettes, Jim Jarmusch traversed five cities for this tragicomic travelogue, a series of symmetrical vignettes that explore the ephemeral interactions and fleeting relationships between taxi drivers and their passengers. Featuring Gena Rowlands!

Night on Earth Directed by Jim Jarmusch

Critics reviews

If you’re resolved to spending a night on earth—which, all told, no one would blame you for sitting one or 1,374 out—do so in Jarmusch’s world. Frederick Elmes’ ingenious cinematography and original music by Tom Waits should sweeten the deal.
January 27, 2017
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…This kind of adoration has nothing to do with the quality of Night on Earth, Jarmusch’s mainly masterful and charming yet doggedly modest fifth feature, but it does tell us something about the expectations greeting it. Sergey Diaghilev’s famous instruction to Jean Cocteau was “Astonish me!” But it appears that many viewers’ implicit message to Jarmusch is “Remind me”… Jarmusch is mainly honored and rewarded to the extent that he turns out familiar goods rather than assumes any risks.
May 15, 1992
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