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PNFS: Coffee & Cigarettes

PNFS: Coffee & Cigarettes

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  • Wed 16 May ’12, 5:30pm
  • Wed 16 May ’12, 8:00pm


Downtown Cinemas, 70 Broadway Ave, Palmerston North


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Waged membership: $85.00
  • Unwaged membership: $70.00
  • Triple feature card: $30.00
  • High school student: $30.00

Directed by Jim Jarmusch
USA 2003 96mins M offensive language

The Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P_7uQsP2TBk

Consisting of 11 vignettes that indie icon Jim Jarmusch has written and directed sporadically since 1986 and finally assembled into a surprisingly cohesive whole, this dryly comic ode to wasting time elevates shooting the breeze to an art form.

Roberto Benigni and Stephen Wright (was there ever a more mismatched lunch date?) woefully misunderstand each other and wind up switching identities, while RZA and GZA from Wu-Tang Clan discuss alternative medicine with Bill Murray.

Iggy Pop and Tom Waits stumble through awkward silences and rue the fact that their diner’s jukebox features songs by neither; Jack and Meg of the White Stripes experiment with a Tesla coil; Cate Blanchett plays herself (sort of) as well as her estranged cousin in a meeting seething with mutual dislike; and Isaak de Bankole, cool incarnate in sunglasses and a sharp suit, tries to no avail to convince his best friend that he really, really doesn’t have a problem.

In the film’s most memorable episode, the brilliant English actors Alfred Molina and Steve Coogan hilariously mock their celebrity status.

The theme of the film is absorption in the obsessions, joys, and addictions of life, and there are many common threads between vignettes, such as the Tesla coil, medical knowledge, the suggestion that coffee and cigarettes don't make for a healthy meal (generally lunch), cousins, delirium, miscommunication, musicians, the similarities between musicianship and medical skill, industrial music, acknowledged fame, and the idea of drinking coffee before sleeping in order to have fast dreams.

In each of the segments of the film, the common motif of alternating black and white tiles can be seen in some fashion. The visual use of black and white relates to the theme of interpersonal contrasts, as each vignette features two people who disagree completely yet manage to sit amicably at the same table.

“Coffee & Cigarettes gives bad habits a good name.” - Steven Jenkins, San Francisco International Film Festival 2004

Did you know?
As Jim Jarmusch, together with Tom Waits and John Lurie, is a member of the Lee Marvin look-alike club "Sons of Lee Marvin", a portrait is hanging over The White Stripes during the "Tesla" section.

Members only. Palmerston North Film Society Membership is available at the door before each screening and lasts for one full year.

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