Coffee & Cigarettes (image 1)

Sure, it’s just two or three people bonding over the twin addictions of the title. But Jarmusch makes it a feast that plays like a haunting concept album.

Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

Screened as part of NZIFF 2004

Coffee & Cigarettes 2003

Directed by Jim Jarmusch

USA In English
96 minutes 35mm

Director, Screenplay

Photography

Frederick Elmes
,
Ellen Kuras
,
Robby Müller
,
Tom DiCillo

Editors

Jay Rabinowitz
,
Melody London
,
Terry Katz
,
Jim Jarmusch

With

Bill Murray
,
Steve Buscemi
,
Iggy Pop
,
Tom Waits
,
Cate Blanchett
,
Steve Coogan
,
Alfred Molina
,
Roberto Benigni
,
Steven Wright
,
Wu-Tang Clan
,
Jack White
,
Meg White

Festivals

Venice, Toronto 2003; San Francisco 2004

Elsewhere

“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… Coffee & Cigarettes gives bad habits a good name.” — Steven Jenkins, San Francisco Film Festival

“A droll, ironic look at two of our favorite addictions… Coffee & Cigarettes is basically great stuff, and though apparently the most lightweight material imaginable, the film actually manages to shed some light – and often some very funny light – on the inherent weirdness of the social interactions of all our daily lives. It turns out, of course, that we communicate even more when we’re not communicating.” — Peter Brunette, indieWIRE