Film notes: Paterson (2016) directed by Jim Jarmusch


FR – DE – US / 118 min / Color / Amazon Studios, Animal Kingdom, Inkjet Productions, K5 International, Le Pacte  Dir: Jim Jarmusch Pro: Joshua Astrachan, Carter Logan Scr: Jim Jarmusch Cin:  Frederick Elmes Mus: Jim Jarmusch, Carter Logan, Sqürl Cast: Adam Driver, Golshifteh Farahani, Barry Shabaka Henley, Chasten Harmon, William Jackson Harper, Masatoshi Nagase  Synopsis: Paterson 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. By contrast, Laura’s world is ever changing. New dreams come to her almost daily. Paterson loves Laura and she loves him. He supports her newfound ambitions; she champions his gift for poetry. The film quietly observes the triumphs and defeats of daily life, along with the poetry evident in its smallest details. Release Dates: It was selected to compete for the Palme d’Or at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival on 16 May 2016. At Cannes the film won the Palm Dog Award. The film was released in Germany on 17 November 2016, by K5 International. It was then released in France on 21 December 2016, by Le Pacte, in the United States on 28 December 2016, by Amazon Studios and Bleecker Street and in Spain on 7 December 2016. IMDb Rating: 7,7.

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Begoña and I had the opportunity to go see Paterson this week. The title refers to both the name of the main character and the city in which the action takes place. Though it might be somewhat excessive to call it action, given that in the film nothing really happens. The story narrows down to following one week in the life of a couple. He, Paterson (Adam Driver), is a bus driver whose main activity, besides his work, is reduced to walking the dog every night, take one beer at a nearby pub and write poetry, although his poetry speaks only of daily life objects and situations. We soon find out that Patterson is also an epic poem by a local poet, William Carlos Williams. His wife, Laura (Golshifteh Farahani), is the total opposite, somebody able of turning everyone crazy. However they both love each other and lead a happy life. But even though it didn’t managed to get me bored, in my view the film is overvalued and has nothing to write home about.

Film review at The Hollywood Reporter

Film review at The New Yorker

James Roberto “Jim” Jarmusch (born January 22, 1953) is an American film director, screenwriter, actor, producer, editor, and composer. He has been a major proponent of independent cinema since the 1980s, directing such films as Stranger Than Paradise (1984), Down by Law (1986), Mystery Train (1989), Dead Man (1995), Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai (1999), Coffee and Cigarettes (2003), Broken Flowers (2005), and Only Lovers Left Alive (2013). Stranger Than Paradise was added to the National Film Registry in December 2002.  As a musician, Jarmusch has composed music for his films and released two albums with Jozef van Wissem. (Source: Wikipedia)

Jim Jarmusch Talks ‘Paterson,’ His Love for Poetry & Hip-Hop, Tilda Swinton, and Being Grateful

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6 thoughts on “Film notes: Paterson (2016) directed by Jim Jarmusch

    1. By year, I mean 2016 – I have seen only one film in 2017, LA LA LAND, which is definitely my favourite film of this year so far and likely to remain so for quite a while 🙂

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