Jim Jarmusch delivered a knock-out of hanging out in his second feature -- 1984's Stranger Than Paradise, screening as part of our American Independent series.
The film recounts the nonchalant adventures of three individuals -- a Brooklynite named Willie (John Lurie), his friend Eddie (Sonic Youth's Richard Edson), and his Hungarian cousin Eva (Eszter Balint). After Eva makes an unexpected arrival to his home, Willie struggles to acclimate to this new, yet distant, addition to his home. After Eddie convinces Willie to bring Eva along on their latest hustle, the three become subject to a series of trials that may bring them closer if they don't pull them apart.
Winner of the Caméra d'Or at the 1984 Cannes Film Festival, Jarmusch used this second feature to further establish his laid-back approach as a marvelously distinctive vision.