Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB. France/United Kingdom/Germany/USA/Japan, 1991. Victor Company of Japan, Victor Musical Industries, Pyramide Productions, Canal+, Pandora Cinema, Pandora Filmproduktion, Channel Four Films, JVC Entertainment Networks, Locus Solus Entertainment. Screenplay by Jim Jarmusch. Cinematography by Frederick Elmes. Produced by Jim Jarmusch. Music by Tom Waits. Production Design by Johan Le Tenoux. Costume Design by Magda Bava, Claire Fraisse, Barbara Gordon, Tina Seppo, Alexandra Welker. Film Editing by Jay Rabinowitz.
From Jim Jarmusch comes this comedy about cab drivers all over the world. Four stories are told: an L.A. taxi driver (Winona Ryder) who picks up a few life lessons while driving Gena Rowlands home from the airport; a driver from the Ivory Coast (Isaach De Bankolé) working in Paris endures the racism he must suffer there; Roberto Benigni as an Italian cab driver and Matti Pellonpää as one in Finland. It’s an interesting setup with good possibilities, but few of them are mined and the result is pretty boring. The first story is the best, with Rowlands doing some superb work (Ryder, on the other hand, doesn’t really convince you that she even knows how to drive), so if you happen to catch that one you can easily switch off afterwards.