Paterson

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Paterson (played by Driver) is a bus driver in the city of Paterson, New Jersey - they share the name. 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 (played by 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 newfound ambitions; she champions his secret gift for poetry.

The history and energy of the City of Paterson is a felt presence in the film and its simple structure unfolds over the course of a single week. The quiet triumphs and defeats of daily life are observed, along with the poetry evident in its smallest details.

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Walking out of Jim Jarmusch's Paterson last May at Cannes, I felt like it was the closest the director had come to making an artistic manifesto.
19d ago
100/100
time.comCinema
It’s about love and poetry and dreams—and the chance encounter that can close wounds.
19d ago
Paterson's sunny aesthetic and disposition marks a stylistic departure for writer-director Jim Jarmusch.
19d ago
You’ve beheld Adam Driver as Kylo Ren; now meet Kylo Zen. In Jim Jarmusch’s new film Paterson, he plays a guy called Paterson, who happens to live in Paterson, New Jersey, his b...
19d ago
The new movie written and directed by Jim Jarmusch is a total fantasy. This in spite of being shot on the streets of the New Jersey city in which it is set, and for which the mo...
19d ago
Like the best poetry, Paterson keeps its meticulous construction hidden, letting its impact sneak up on you unawares. When the final image cuts to black, it triggers an overwhel...
19d ago
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