Director: Jim Jarmusch
Cast: Adam Driver, Golschifteh
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Country of Origin: USA 2016 113 mins. (15)
Official Selection Competition 2016 Cannes International Film Festival
Released by Soda Pictures
A Jim Jarmusch cinematic triumph that charms, delights, captivates and drops into my 'should see, must see' box.
Paterson, played to perfection by Adam Driver, drives the number 23 bus in small town Paterson, New Jersey and is happily married to Laura (Golshifteh Farahani) who loves everything monochrome. Marvin the English bulldog completes the happy trio.
There's a pattern to their lives. Paterson, an unpublished poet, previously in the army, overhears snippets of passengers' conversations as he drives across the city each day, observes daily life and writes poems in a notebook which appear on the screen (the poems were written by Oklahoma poet Ron Padgett). He's not interested in a career as a poet although Laura wants him to give them to the world. After dinner, Paterson walks Marvin to the local bar where he chats with barman Doc (Barry Shabaka Henley) and takes a kindly interest in Maria (Chasten Harmon) and Everett (William Jackson Harper) who are having problems in their relationship. Artistically confident, stay-at-home Laura's good at everything whether it's painting, design, cupcake making or her new hobby, strumming the guitar. Theirs is a happy marriage and Paterson adores Laura. He supports her newfound ambitions and she champions his gift for poetry.
Sublime performances throughout and that includes Marvin (Nellie), the English bulldog. Adam Driver reigns supreme with a wonderfully restrained performance as the quiet everyday man whose poetry is just a part of his life. Spot on editing, a great score and Fred Elmes's wonderful cinematography brought together by writer-director Jim Jarmusch to offer a look at how creativity and everyday life co-exist. No spoiler on the heart breaking scene towards the end.
'Paterson' is magical, absorbing cinema. Don't miss it.