Run time: 1hour 53mins
Director: Jim Jarmusch
Cast: Adam Driver, Golshifteh Farahani
Synopsis: Paterson is a bus driver in the city of Paterson, New Jersey — they share the name.
Auteur Jim Jarmusch [Only Lovers Left Alive (2013), Coffee and Cigarettes (2003), Night on Earth (1991)] brings us this gentle, quirky film which celebrates the poetry of life’s smallest details, starring Adam Driver [Inside Llewyn Davis (2013), Francis Ha (2012)] as a character who shares his name with his town.
Every day, Paterson adheres to a simple routine: he drives his daily route, observing the city as it drifts across his windshield and overhearing fragments of conversation swirling around him; he writes poetry into a notebook; he walks his dog; he stops in a bar and drinks exactly one beer; he goes home to his wife, Laura (Golshifteh Farahani).
By contrast, Laura’s world is ever changing. New dreams come to her almost daily, each a different and inspired project. Paterson loves Laura and she loves him. He supports her new-found ambitions; she champions his gift for poetry.
The film quietly observes the triumphs and defeats of daily life, along with the poetry evident in its smallest details.
This simple tale is carried by an outstanding performance from Adam Driver as he deals with life’s trivial and foolish moments, ably supported by his loving wife’s creativity and eccentricities.
A film about how people choose to live irrespective of the necessity of work and earning money. Its images flow – like poetry – without the need for conflict or tension – making this a quiet, must-see film.
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