Mystery Train


Part of  The Films of Jim Jarmusch – Every Thursday in September! 

Aloof teenage Japanese tourists, a frazzled Italian widow, and a disgruntled British immigrant all converge in the city of dreams – which, in the case of Jim Jarumusch’s Mystery Train, happens to be Memphis.

“A bracing, original comedy, Mystery Train insinuates itself into the memory and lingers on.” – Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

Continuing the fascination with misfits and strangers adrift in the American South from his previous film, Down by Law, in Mystery Train, Jarumusch has shifted the setting to Tennessee, the cast has widened, and the mood has slightly darkened.  A young, rock-n-roll obsessed Japanese couple (Masotoshi Nagase and Yuki Kudo) take a troubled vacation to the home of (for her) Elvis Presley and (for him) Carl Perkins.  An Italian widow (Nicoletta Braschi) lost in the city, hears a disquieting story about the ghost of the King.  And a down-and-out Brit (Joe Strummer), mourning the loss of his girlfriend and job, moves from boozing to violence to a kind of tragicomic redemption over the course of one long night. Made with the director’s customary precision, wit and eye for oddball detail, this triptych of stories pays playful tribute to the home of Sun Studios, Stax Records, and, of course, the King of Rock-n-Roll, who presides over the film like a spirit.  Also starring Steve Buscemi and Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, Mystery Train is a boozy and beautiful pilgrimage to an iconic American ghost town and a paean to the music it gave the world. (Dir. by Jim Jarmusch, 1989, USA, 110 mins., Rated R)