Paterson

Jim Jarmusch

Paterson (Adam Driver) gets up at six a.m., drives his bus, comes home to his wife Golshifteh Farahani at six p.m., walks the dog and has a beer at his local bar. Every day. In the meantime, he writes poetry. Jarmusch is the loving observer of this loving observer. A small oasis of a film.

P { margin-bottom: 0.21cm; } Timeless portrayal of the everyday routine of a poetry-writing bus driver (Adam Driver, what’s in a name) – whose name ‘Paterson’ coincides with the place where he lives, the bus from which he observes this and the famous poetry of his idol William Carlos Williams – and his artistic wife (Golshifteh Farahani), who encourages him to publish his ‘secret notebook’ of poems.
Poetic stylistic devices such as repetition, reflection, symmetry and exaggeration of everyday details, which occur in voice-over and written text in Paterson’s observational poetry (actually written by Ron Padgett) also recur visually, including in the large number of twins passing by. Jim Jarmusch (whose documentary Gimme Danger also screens at IFFR 2017) shows all this in a calm, fluid pace, with soft light and his characteristic often drily comical vignettes involving peripheral characters. Dog Nellie won the Palm Dog in Cannes.

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Filmmaker
Jim Jarmusch
Country
USA
Year
2016
Medium
DCP
Length
118
Language
English
Producer
Joshua Astrachan, Carter Logan
Production Company
Animal Kingdom, Amazon Studios
Sales
K5 International
Writer
Jim Jarmusch
Cinematography
Frederick Elmes
Editor
Affonso Gonçalves
Production Design
Mark Friedberg
Sound Design
Drew Kunin
Music
SQÜRL
Cast
Adam Driver, Golshifteh Farahani, Chasten Harmon, Barry Shabaka Henley, William Jackson Harper, Rizwan Manji, Kara Hayward