Coffee And Cigarettes is a collection of eleven films from cult director Jim Jarmusch. Each film hosts star studded cast of extremely unique individuals who all share the common activities of conversing while drinking coffee and smoking cigarettes.
Over 17 years, in the midst of other, more ambitious projects, Jim Jarmusch assembled this anthology of minor-key vignettes in celebration of caffeine, nicotine and the indolent pleasure of sitting around and consuming them. Not that the people in the film are always having such a good time: they seem, rather, to get on one another's nerves with some regularity. Some of the chapters are almost vanishingly slight — hipster anecdotes that float away like smoke rings. Others — notably a hotel bar encounter in which Cate Blanchett plays both herself and a resentful cousin and a game of celebrity one-upmanship between Alfred Molina and Steve Coogan — have the compact perfection of good one-act plays. The whole thing is like an old LP; some tracks are more memorable than others, but the cumulative effect is ragged, serendipitous magic. — A. O. Scott
2004-05-14 | A. O. Scott | Read the New York Times Review of Coffee and Cigarettes