Comedy/Drama – 2016 – USA – 113 Minutes – Bleecker Street Media – Rated R
Paterson (Adam Driver) is a bus driver who writes poetry drawn from the world around him. Paterson is also the name of the New Jersey city where he works and lives with his effervescent and energetic girlfriend (Golshifteh Farahani). And Paterson is the title of the great epic poem by William Carlos Williams, whose spirit animates Jim Jarmusch’s exquisite new film. This is a rare movie experience, set to the rhythm of an individual consciousness absorbing the beauties and mysteries and paradoxes and joys and surprises of everyday life, at home and at work, and making them into art.
Written & Directed by Jim Jarmusch
Starring Adam Driver, Golshifteh Farahani, Helen-Jean Arthur
NY Times Critics’ Pick: A Meditative Flow of Words Into Poetry
Check out this article in The New Yorker on Jim Jarmusch’s PATERSON and the Myth of the Solitary Artist.
Not only is it a film about a poet, Paterson transcends its story to become a work of poetry itself. – Austin Chronicle
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 overwhelming surge of emotions that’ll make you want to remain seated in the dark until long after the credits have finished rolling, basking in this marvelous film’s afterglow. – The Film Stage
The movie is quiet and serene, but it stirs and inspires and amuses. In the small details of an ordinary life, Jarmusch finds wells of beauty and empathy. The movie is an exploration of the deep pleasures of creativity. – Miami Herald
Jarmusch has created a small miracle of a film, one that is both intellectually dazzling and emotionally provocative. – San Francisco Chronicle
Paterson himself is deathly allergic to pretension, and the film inhabits his sensibility. It’s A Portrait Of The Artist As A Working-Class Stiff, arguing for the mundane beauty of all our lives. – The AV Club
A mild-mannered, almost startlingly undramatic work that offers discreet pleasures to longtime fans of the New York indie-scene veteran, who can always be counted on to go his own way. – The Hollywood Reporter
One of the director’s finest to date, the film derives its unique power from the repetition of daily life, elevating the mundane to a kind of divinity. – Consequence of Sound