Three ill-fated men - a small-time pimp Jack (John Lurie) an unemployed DJ Zack (Tom Waits) and a strong-willed Italian tourist (Roberto Benigni) - meet in the confined space of New Orleans prison cell. Undeterred by Jack and Zack's evident disdain, Roberto shares with them his improbable plans of escape, thrusting them into an adventure through the Louisiana bayous.
The gutteral, twangy Tom Waits soundtrack gives this film a suitably laid back theme. I loved it when it first arrived on the arthouse cinema scene for its sculpted clash of downbeat, deep south, underground culture with Benigni's probing, insistent and seemingly innocent humour. That said, it has lost some of its cinematographic appeal on transit to the small screen and my wife found it rather slow moving.
I really wanted to enjoy this having loved Jarmusch's "Mystery Train" The film starts well but goes downhill once Benigni's character enters the picture. He is just too annoyingly offbeat that the whole film is thrown off kilter. Consequently the film gets more and more tedious. After and hour I had to stop the DVD. Real life is more important!
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- Down by Law review by KB
Wonderfully shot in black and white, with nice pace and sound-track, are a great concoction from director Jim Jarmusch. Although I agree with the last comment; it would be better viewed on the big screen! (is this why so many living rooms have dominating 54" or 60" tv screens?!?!?!). If you fancy just sitting down with your feet up, this might be just the film to watch