Coffee and Cigarettes is a series of short sketches strung together around
various tabletops, directed by Jim Jarmusch.
What fills the movie is what fills the tabletops; cups of coffee, cigarettes,
ashtrays, and conversations whose words mostly fall flat on the table.
Each sketch is largely a series of variations on some intersketch themes;
celebrity, family, coffee, cigarettes, dreams. Most include some awkward
miscommunications. Often they play on some of the same near-verbatim repeated
It's the awkward miscommunications, the celebrities, and the dark dry humor
tying them together that reminded me weirdly of Larry David's Curb Your
The highlight is the scene with RZA, GZA, and Bill Murray, all playing
themselves, in a cafe as they wait for Ghost to arrive. RZA dispenses holistic
healing tips while Bill Murray chugs coffee straight from the pot and tries to
hide his identity.
Though the RZA/GZA/Murray skit is laugh-out-loud funny, this is a slow, awkward
film, with emphasis on silence and striking visual arrangements. Be careful
that it suits your mood.