Jim Jarmusch's debut feature - 'Permanent Vacation' follows two and a half days in the life of Aloysious Parker, a young wanderer with no home, no school, and no job. He has lived in all kinds of situations and with many different people - almost all of them exiles from the daily, working world. Now, at the age of sixteen, Allie drifts into and out of strange encounters with other misfits; always moving, always keeping just ahead of whatever it is that seems to be chasing him.
The protagonist is partly based on the actor portraying him (Chris Parker), whose real life situation is very similar to that of Aloysious Parker - a name Parker chose for the part. The film attempts to merge re-created experiences with imagined ones, placing the camera somewhere in the netherworld between documentary and theatrical.