Paterson is a celebration of the small details in life. A poetic and charming love-story about a perfectly ordinary couple, living in a perfectly ordinary town. The town in question is Paterson, New Jersey. Home of poet William Carlos Williams, comedian Lou Costello, and one of America's largest waterfalls. The man in question, in true Jarmusch style, is also named Paterson played with pinpoint subtly by Adam Driver . Paterson is a hard-working bus driver who quietly goes about his duties, all the while allowing the scenery and eavesdropped conversation to inspire his main passion in <more>
life; writing poetry. Meanwhile, his girlfriend and the love of his life, played without fault by Iranian actress Golshifteh Farahani, is a stay-at-home creative. She spends her day baking imaginative cupcakes and making new curtains from scratch. The films narrative centres around a seven day week. Each day brings a new variation on the theme, and each moment a reflection on two people who wholeheartedly accept each other for who they are. Paterson is a quiet and contemplative film that sits perfectly in Jarmusch's repertoire. It's a film about how people choose to live their life, regardless of the necessities to work and make money. Like poetry, the words and images flow with little dramatic tension or conflict. Jarmusch explained at Cannes that he intended Paterson to be an antidote to the modern action film, and if this is the case, I'll definitely be coming back for another dose.
From reflections in a puddle, cardinals singing, waterfalls, a harlequin guitar, shadows, designer cupcakes and more, the love of a creative and happy couple spills over the small town of Paterson, New Jersey. The ordinary becomes extraordinary. Paterson, who shares his name with the community at large, is a bus driver. The daily bus route takes him through the heart of town where Paterson overhears intriguing conversations, records observations in his notebook, generates poems and opens lunchbox surprises from his lovely and artistic wife, Laura. The couple's chemistry, expressed in <more>
kisses, constant conversation, cheer and trust, is remarkable. "She understands me really well," says Paterson. Lucky guy. Lucky girl. The attractiveness, talent, color and charm of Laura and Paterson is infused in everything they do including Paterson's nightly tavern visits, the plain yet peculiar meals they have together, waking up in the morning and walking the dog.Even in all its outward simplicity, there is astonishing and wonderful depth to the film characters, scenes, themes and conversations. This artistic sensibility that is infused in everyday life, is something I loved so much about Japan and Paterson shows what this imaginative awareness looks like in small town North America. Truly there is inspiration and beauty everywhere. While the film delves into music, paintings and other mediums, its main artistic focus is on poetry. There are nods to the poetry of William Carlos Williams, Wallace Stevens and others. The poems Paterson comes up with in his jaunts around town are brilliant and beautiful. A box of Blue tip matches inspires, rather sparks, a love poem. A poem called Another One is about seeing other dimensions, which is what this incredible film encourages itself. Paterson is delightfully layered with surprising wisdom, complexity, diversity and humor at every turn. Twins make appearances every so often, for example, to remind us of one of the film themes; there is always someone out there like us that matches our hearts, and we are never really alone. Articles and images on a tavern wall take us to other dimensions in time in an instant. The on-screen chemistry between actors Adam Driver Paterson and Golshifteh Farahani Laura is critical to the film, and they are more than up to the task. They are outstanding, alluring and entirely convincing. The compassion and charm of this film is unforgettable. It reminds us that love and splendor spring from the unlikeliest of places. Seen at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival.
A great movie by a great filmmaker at the top of his game. (by gsygsy)
PATERSON is the best Jim Jarmusch movie for years, possibly his best ever. To his admirers, it will come as a welcome relief after the dreariness of his previous film, ONLY LOVERS LEFT ALIVE.The eponymous Paterson is, at the same time, a laconic bus driver, the New Jersey city through which he steers his bus, and the epic poem by William Carlos Williams set in the city. By the simple, brilliant expedient of making his bus driver a poet, Jarmusch delivers a kind of continuous triple-exposure: all three Patersons are on the go throughout the film. This enables apparently random episodes, such <more>
as conversations which Paterson the driver eavesdrops upon while driving his route, to be integrated perfectly into the structure of the film. Everything feels connected in a remarkable way.That this never comes over as an intellectual idea, but instead as a story full of humanity and compassion, is largely down to the casting of Adam Driver as - yes, probably another wry Jarmusch gag - the driver. Observant, thoughtful, loving, tender, but also strong and capable of decisive action in what appears to be an emergency, Driver's gives a performance that is both a contradiction of what we think of as acting and its apotheosis. It's completely brilliant, beyond mere praise. There isn't an award for something like this, but if there were, Driver would walk away with it.The supporting cast are all fine and dandy, notably Golshifteh Farahani as Paterson's lover, and the late, great Nellie as her bulldog.The film is mercifully free from conventional plotting. When a little moment of it pops up, you can see the turn of events coming quite a way off, but it's hardly a flaw.There's no way this can not be worthy of 10 out of 10, because it's a great movie by a great filmmaker at the top of his game.
I'm not sure if Jim Jarmusch "Only Lovers Left Alive" in Paterson wants to make America great again by giving us his vision of the way it used to be, or is telling us that we only have to look around us to discover that it's great right now. Performed by a brilliantly authentic Adam Driver "Midnight Special" , Paterson is not only the name of the city in New Jersey known for its resident poet William Carlos Williams, but is also his name. He is a poet whose Haiku-like verses actually written by Ron Padgett are reminiscent of the city's own poet William <more>
Carlos Williams. He writes a new poem every day or finishes an old one on the #23 bus he drives before and during his trip. Though his loving, energetic, somewhat scattered wife Laura Golshifteh Farahani, "Finding Altamira" keeps asking him to make copies of them, he resists the idea, preferring to keep them in his secret notebook.The film has little conflict, family dysfunction, or mental health issues. It is about what works and even wonder of wonders about a marriage that is not falling apart. Like most people with jobs and families, Paterson has a daily routine. There's too much variation in his day to call it a takeoff on Groundhog Day, but it does have that "same old, same old" quality. He awakes shortly after 6am, has a bowl of cereal that looks suspiciously like Cheerios, walks to his job driving the #23 bus through the streets of Paterson, listening in on conversations often with a broad smile on his face of passengers who talk about anything from Italian anarchists to boxer Hurricane Carter and comedian Lou Costello.He comes home at six, corrects a leaning mailbox that moves daily thanks to his grumpy English bulldog Marvin RIP , has dinner some on the exotic side talks with Laura who fills him in on the many projects she has going on including painting black and white circles on draperies, learning to play the guitar, and making cupcakes to sell at the local farmers market. He then takes Marvin for a walk and goes for a beer at the local pub where he chats with the owner Doc Barry Shabaka Henley, "Carrie" , and often acts as a moderator between Everett William Jackson Harper, "True Story" , a dramatic actor who desperately wants to reunite with his ex-wife Maria Chasten Harmon.The poems that Paterson reads as the words are flashed on the screen are not about odes to nightingales though there's nothing wrong with that but about down-to-earth things, such as one about matches, inspired by Ohio Blue Tip matchboxes that have disappeared from our lives. In "The Run," he says, "I go through trillions of molecules that move aside to make way for me while on both sides trillions more stay where they are. The windshield wiper blade starts to squeak. The rain has stopped. I stop. On the corner a boy in a yellow raincoat holding his mother's hand." In other poems he lets the world know how much he is in love with his wife, though he confides in us that he occasionally looks at other woman, something which as far as I know is still legal.To Paterson, a poem should be simple and direct and he is moved by one such poem by a 9-year-old girl who recites it to him while she is waiting for her mother and sister. He complements her on her poem about a waterfall, remembering a few lines and reciting them to Laura when he gets home. Contrary to most films where, except for films about wealthy financial elites, work does not play a big role in the life of the characters, Paterson makes real what daily living is about for a majority of working people. The film has warmth and humor wrapped in a portrait of a city which has seen better days, a city in which Jarmusch creates a structure of closely observed small moments revealed with empathy.Paterson is a man who is not looking for life to give him satisfaction but who brings satisfaction to it, a man who knows that satisfaction does not depend on accumulating things but in being grounded in who you are and what you can bring to the world. He comes to appreciate that poetry is not extraneous to life but that life itself is poetry. Although the film presents an idealistic picture of a city without visible slums, drugs, and crime which we know exists, Jarmusch may be providing us with a welcome counterpoint, showing us the way our cities should be and can be again.
I owe Jarmusch a debt of gratitude for being a formative figure in shaping my cinematic tastes. I shall never forget watching Stranger Than Paradise 1984 in NY in the early 1980s: the novelty, joy, patient camera movement, the fantastic way of playing Creedence Clearwater Revival's 'I Put a Spell on You' throughout the soundtrack. I have seen most of Jarmusch's movies ever since and more than three decades later, Paterson did not disappoint. Jarmusch is as creative as ever, gifting us with a wonderful film. The set is Paterson N.J., the protagonists are a bus driver also <more>
named Patterson and his artistically creative spouse. Paterson writes poetry, reads poetry, and encounters poetry wherever he goes and whoever he meets. This is it. And it is as engaging, uplifting, funny, and as insightful as a film can be. Patterson may be watched as a homage. It delicately portrays a particular place, Paterson New Jersey, reminding us that a place, any place, is always a product of the way its present mixes up with its past, of the way people both walk it and remember it. But the film is not only a homage to a place, it is also a homage to daily life, to the mundanity of just going to work and having a drink after a day's work. One striking feature of this film is that there are no bad characters here, no evil spirits, no mean intentions. In fact the only mean character in the film is the protagonists' dog, but even the dog is not too bad, just a drag. And miraculously, in spite of this, the film is totality innocent of naiveté. As if at the hands of a gifted anthropologist, the camera curiously follows and watches, and the film never falls into anything resembling judgment and condescension. It is truly genius in its ability to draw us into the perspective of the protagonists, to embrace their feelings and movements, to empathize with them and to fall in love with their numerous small encounters. Remarkably, one of the achievements here is that the film feels and looks timeless. It could be shot in the 1950s, or the 1970s, and yet it makes no attempt to hide the fact that it has been shot only recently. Incidentally, Paterson makes a point about not having a mobile phone. It does wonders to the film and its ability to give homage. A truly uplifting film.
To be or not to be (by oOgiandujaOo_and_Eddy_Merckx)
I really felt that although folks mostly agreed that the movie captured the "poetry of everyday life", there was much more to be had from the movie, which has its subtleties aplenty. Yes the ruins of Paterson are beautiful, yes the dappling of the light is fine, yes Laura and Paterson are a beautiful couple but go deeper!Most art that you initially create is going to be derivative. Paterson's poetry is essentially derivative of William Carlos Williams. You have to fight through this phase and find your own creations. So when Paterson's homework is eaten by the dog remember <more>
to see the humour in this , I was mindful that the dog had done him a favour, because all of the early stuff is worthless, unless you happened to be called Rimbaud or Chatterton, and even then I imagine they burned a lot of doggerel before they wrote a good sentence. Derivation can be incredibly apparent in painting, for example Mondrian, where he dabbled with other folks' styles impressionism, fauvism and even pointillism before he arrived at his unique mature expression, for which he is famous termed neoplasticism .Writing poetry is difficult, as so eloquently pointed out by WB Yeats:"We sat together at one summer's end,// That beautiful mild woman, your close friend, // And you and I, and talked of poetry.// I said, 'A line will take us hours maybe;// Yet if it does not seem a moment's thought, // Our stitching and unstitching has been naught.// Better go down upon your marrow-bones // And scrub a kitchen pavement, or break stones // Like an old pauper, in all kinds of weather; // For to articulate sweet sounds together// Is to work harder than all these"Paterson will need to break a lot of patterns and cobwebs if he wants to become a great poet.Many have looked at this portrait of a relationship and saw something sweet and tender. I'm sorry but I saw two disconnected individuals, a freeloading girlfriend, a boyfriend without a backbone, and a couple that didn't make decisions together. They're both good-looking tranquil people, but they're not soulmates. Laura tells Paterson that his poetry is great, but he needs challenge, not a sycophant, he needs someone who understands him, not someone who uses his wages to buy an expensive dog and gets him to walk it every evening! So when he recites a love poem, it's something false, it's a confection, it's what we want to hear but it's not true, and this is why he's still so far from greatness.The use of doubles in the movie is far from trivial, what it's saying is that there is a different lives Paterson or any of us could be leading, we have to make choices every day about which person we are going to be. The dissolve at the end when Paterson is lying in bed and seems to disappear momentarily is hinting that he might be best off disavowing his current life, he should be running a mile. Yet it's a comfortable life, and everyone likes comfy right? Two guys on the bus have a discussion where both recall recent encounters with women they liked and both had managed to fumble the ball through inaction, they chose, they don't live uncomfortable lives, but they chose not to live passionate lives. So that's why I chose the title for the review, because we all have to decide whether to embrace nonbeing, some sort of Taoist concept of naturalness, or whether we want to bristle our creativity, and streak like comets. Maybe the latter is innately egotistical. I think that the choice is what this movie is about, be humble or be brave. The movie is dualistic, no one interpretation is there to be forced on you. For me when he writes a poem about the song "Swinging on a Star" that's saying something key, he mentions that the only line he really plays again in his head is the one about being a fish, not being any of the others lives in the song. Again this is dualistic because it could be saying that he knows the life of a poet is for him, and it's the only one he thinks about, so he should embrace it, but if you read the full lyrics of the song, it talks about the fish who "can't write his name or read a book". Whereas another option "Would you like to swing on a star // Carry moonbeams home in a jar // And be better off than you are". Seems like the best though radical option that is open to Paterson, to change everything, but perhaps he won't take it.Ending on a more playful note, congratulations to Mr Jarmusch for yet again working a matchbox into proceedings!
Greetings again from the darkness. Do you find poetry in everyday life? What about poets do you envision loners whose lives are filled with angst and suffering? Our lead character here is a pretty normal guy who drives a city bus, has a happy marriage, and walks his dog each evening. He's also a poet – and a pretty interesting one.Writer/director Jim Jarmusch Broken Flowers, 2005 often seems like he is making films for his circle of friends all whom must be much cooler than you and me. This time, however, he takes an opposite approach and brilliantly focuses on a dude that any <more>
of us could know. Paterson Adam Driver is a New Jersey Transit bus driver who writes poetry based on his observations of life's seemingly minor details his first poem notes "We have plenty of matches in our house" .You should be forewarned: there are no murders, kidnappings, bank robberies or shootouts. Things move rather deliberately. Also missing are any special effects – heck, Adam Driver even got licensed to drive a bus for the role. Instead, we are forced to slow down and see each of the seven days of a week through the eyes and words of Paterson. He observes. He listens. He people watches. He then commits his thoughts to the page and recites them for our benefit. Sometimes he is eavesdropping on bus passengers, while other times he curiously tries to figure out the newest "dream" for his beloved wife Laura Golshifteh Farahani . Having the soul of an artist, Laura cloaks her world in a geometric black and white color scheme while energetically bounding from cupcakes to country and western music to cooking as she pursues her place in life.There are many Jarmusch touches throughout. Paterson the poet actually lives and works in Paterson, New Jersey yep, Paterson from Paterson. The interactions at the neighborhood bar run by Barry Shabaka Henley are simultaneously real and surreal – right down to the wall of local fame including Hurricane Carter and Lou Costello, but no mention of Larry Doby . Coincidences abound. A young girl recites her poem to Paterson her writing style, personal book, and delivery make her seem like his poetic doppelganger – all while the recurring appearance of numerous sets of twins make us believe in the law of attraction. Lastly, the closest thing to a villain in the film is Paterson's bulldog Marvin, in what plays like a love-hate relationship with the mailbox being center-ring.Another local Paterson the city aspect is Paterson's the poet admiration of the works of William Carlos Williams, a poet whose style he emulates. One of the terrific scenes near the end involves a spontaneous interaction between Paterson and town visitor Masatoshi Nagase that takes place next to The Great Falls, and serves as a reminder that we should accept who we are, no matter the challenges or lack of glory. This is truly director Jarmusch's ode to the artist/poet in each of us and in ordinary life. Creating art as best we can is a very personal thing, and for some it's a need - while for others it's one of life's simple pleasures. Regardless, a "normal" life with daily routines is not to be scorned, but rather embraced, should you be so fortunate. If you doubt this, Paterson asks, "Would you rather be a fish?" **NOTE: sharp moviegoer eyes will recognize Kara Hayward and Jared Gilman, who both had their debut in Wes Anderson's Moonrise Kingdom 2012 .
Paterson Adam Driver is a bus driver in, coincidentally, Paterson, New Jersey. He lives in a humble home with his girlfriend Laura Golshifteh Farahani and they are happily in love with each other and their dog. Paterson also happens to write poetry routinely as he goes around town in his bus and experiences everyday life.As anyone who has heard of this film you will probably know that there is no hook in the synopsis, no inciting incident, "Paterson" is a film that looks at routine and ordinariness and succeeds in that is is a, fittingly, poetic look at the joys of simplicity <more>
and tranquility and a wonderfully absorbing filmmaking effort that is most unlikely to any other film I've seen this year.Having been a big, big critic of Adam Driver in the past, more so because I thought he was constantly miscast I was so pleasantly surprised by a performance of him that I could finally appreciate and what a performance to start with. A lot of this film's success lies in his hands, I can only imagine what an effort it must have taken Jarmusch to direct him in the perfect way, to put into words what ultimately he envisioned on screen. Yet, the effort must have been worth it because Driver comes out utterly convincing. This is a performance of nuances, of little details, of eyes wandering in one direction rather than the other and of postures, he covers it all and becomes this quirky character, he sells the idea of an every-man perfectly and because of that it makes the film as relatable as it is.His co-star, Golshifteh Farahani, walks the same line just as finely. Her character is very extrovert, a perfect opposite of what Driver is, and she plays off him magnificently. It could be very easy for her to become a stereotype, a cliché and an annoying presence in the film, she has all the ingredients to be so, but by playing the part so genuinely and lovingly we get a character that is sweet and convincing just as she should be. There is no big twist for her, nothing going on underneath that should be a big mystery, she is just an affectionate character and I loved to see her come to play and interact with the equally loving, yet more introvert Paterson. Their relationship felt incredibly genuine and raw in a way that few films have ever captured and serves as a perfect companion piece to something like "The Before Trilogy" which looks at relationships in a completely different way, but emerges with the same genuine emotion on screen.Jarmusch keeps things simple behind the camera as it should be: the shots are simple, they don't call attention to themselves and the camera movement is minimal, even though when it actually starts moving there is always a reason for it, this is one of the best examples of charging camera movement with emotion. It is in the little details that one could loose hours researching and reflecting upon and that is exactly the function of the poetry in the film, which talks about small things but it charges them with significance and thematic power. You are constantly fascinated by the world portrayed on screen and it is thanks to a brilliant puzzle of editing, cinematography sound and performance that manages to capture a simple world and fill it with meaning and evolve only slightly through the film making you fascinated by every word uttered and every frame displayed.I think that where the film stumbles is in its closing. It looked like it felt the need to give some kind of closure to the characters and not leave them as ordinarily as we found them and it felt a little too artificial when comparing it with the rest of the film. Paterson has some encounters which I didn't really buy into as they felt way too heavy on significance. Yet, the most problematic element in my opinion is the fact that I could have easily envisioned this film ending without any of these scenes and just by keeping the rhythm it had had up until then. I actually think that by going this way, Jarmusch partially deprived the film of the magic it was building with the beauty in everyday life, the message that ultimately gets conveyed didn't necessitate those symbolical scenes in my view."Paterson" is a wonderful experience, it fills your heart up with joy and tranquility, the poetic nature of the film is a stroke of genius and makes what is possibly the most bland premise of all time a riveting two hour watch that moved me deeply and made me reflect upon a wide range of themes.
7 days in the life of Paterson (by Horst_In_Translation)
"Paterson" is a new American movie from this year 2016 . It runs for almost two hours and was written and directed by multiple Cannes Film Festival winner Jim Jarmusch. This connection or also Jarmusch's older film should give you a pretty good imagination what to expect with this movie. The lead actor is Adam Driver and his co-lead is Iranian actress Golshifteh Farahani and these two names maybe even only the former are probably the only actors you have heard before watching this one. Driver is of course known for Star Wars, but his early fame came from the television series <more>
"Girls", for which he scored several Emmy nominations. In this movie we have here, he plays a bus driver. We follow him for a week, day by day, and see what his relatively ordinary life is like. We find out about his poetry, about how he loves to spend his evenings at a local pub and about his job as well. But sometimes he did not even feel as the exact essence of the film. It is definitely also a lot about the smaller characters here, such as the barkeeper, or the other bar guests or Paterson's girlfriend. We find out a bit about all of these and I thought this is one of the main reasons why the movie worked out so well. It is packed with interesting characters.Driver was a really good casting choice. While I have never been a huge "Girls" fan, I quite like him as an actor and he has that whole subtlety thing going for him as he really shines when playing rather quiet characters. Farahani is a stunning beauty and I sure hope we get to see more from her in the future in Hollywood films. I can't believe they are missing out on her. of course, she is also a pretty decent actress and her character felt really authentic to me. I liked the black/white references, her likable mood swings when it comes to who she wants to be: a successful singer or a successful bakery businesswoman. It changes from day to day and that was pretty hilarious, but it still makes me as an audience member happy when she comes somewhat closer to her dream and it also makes Paterson happy who loves her very much obviously and she really loves him too. What sets the movie apart from other generic comedies are certainly the poetry parts. Initially, I thought it is just a nice little hobby for him, which is also what an audience member may think when listening to Paterson's poems for the first time, but the longer the film goes with the references about the known writer from Paterson or the conversation with the girl who writes her own poetry , the more it becomes obvious how this is really the area of his life in which Paterson puts all his heart, outside his relationship of course. As a consequence, in the dramatic event of what happens Saturday night which was a bit predictable, but not a problem at all , you can feel Paterson's pain really and see how he suffers from his loss and this is maybe the moment when Driver shines the most in this film.In order to avoid being too enthusiastic, I would like to say that there were 2 or 3 things I did not like that much. The only somewhat bad moment was probably the scene with the gun at the bar because the entire film was supposed to be about a bit of an average week for the title character, but this one scene was clearly a break in tone and atmosphere for me, even if they still made the most of it with nobody overreacting other than the guests who did not know the actor character. Paterson's reaction also did not convince me too much as he seemed a bit too much of a hero there, maybe it was supposed to be a link to his military past, but I could have done very well without it. I also did not appreciate the final scene with the Japanese guy that much really, even if it is pretty significant in terms of getting Paterson to write again. I think there could have been more effective ways of closing the film. The gun scene and a couple other moments, like what happened to the book or the bus malfunction actually make it a not so average week for Paterson, even if with the last Monday shot, it all seemed back to normal again I guess. Another word on the bus malfunction: the reference about the vehicle possibly exploding and turning into a ball of fire was nice and I liked how Paterson and the barkeeper made fun of Jarmusch's words in the last mention of this metaphor about how Farahani's character and the old lady used the exact same words. To me, "Paterson" is one of my favorite films of the year, currently at number one even, but of course there will be many quality films still coming out. And Driver's approach also creates one of the most likable film characters of the year for sure. He loves writing, does not have a mobile phone and does not want one , is in a loving relationship and is loyal to his friends. What more can you want? Now please go and see this gem of a movie. I have not seen too much Jarmusch yet and from what I have seen so far, it was okay, but I was not that impressed. "Paterson" changes my perception of JJ completely. You really don't wanna miss out on this wonderful character study.