Paterson (Adam 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 (Golshifteh 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.
PATERSON adds another refreshingly unvarnished entry to Jim Jarmusch's filmography -- and another outstanding performance to Adam Driver's career credits. Jarmusch is a next-level storyteller with an amazing ability to deliver a scene that works on face value and as a metaphor. Jarmusch shows us something seldom captured on film: the act of creativity, as a spark of an idea is nurtured and revised, through brain power and hard work, into something beautiful. A filmmaker telling his story in pictures and the limitlessness of control he brings to his art. What more can one ask of cinema? Simple and profound. A masterpiece.
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