Jim Jarmusch has consistently wowed audiences with his truly distinctive cinematic vision. “Coffee & Cigarettes” proves once again that Jarmusch is a true original. This time around, the director tries his hand at the short film genre, delivering 11 shorts that are all based around the seemingly insignificant acts of drinking coffee and smoking cigarettes.
Initially I was expecting a bunch of clips put together about people who are enjoying their respective coffee & cigarettes. Although strictly speaking this isn’t an incorrect description for the film, the appeal of this film is the independence of each scene, combined with its connectedness through theme, symbols & dialogue. Shot in an artistic black-and-white, over the course of a 17-year-period, ‘Coffee And Cigarettes’ is truly original, and has a certain flow about it that keeps you engrossed.