In our world of billionaires and celebrities, scandals and disasters, it is so refreshing to watch a picture about ordinary people in everyday life. Also this is a film about poetry and love. In what may be Jarmusch's best film since Down By Law, the city of Paterson, NJ is the co-star, its 1880s-1940s architecture untouched and its former inhabitants-William Carlos Williams, Allen Ginsburg, Lou Costello-still alive.
If Don Johnston had a whole week to tune into the charmingly relatable rhythms of the bus conversation overheard in "Broken Flowers", you would have "Paterson". The poetry of words is held aloft by the unique poetry of cinema, the beauty of everyday moments waiting to be discovered like the invitation of an empty page. Transcendent and lovely.
(3,5) There’s an old song
my grandfather used to sing
that has the question,
“Or would you rather be a fish?”
In the same song
is the same question
but with a mule and a pig,
but the one I hear sometimes
in my head is the fish one.
Just that one line.
Would you rather be a fish?
As if the rest of the song
didn’t have to be there.
A charming film about the beauty in everyday life and the simple pleasures. The performances are all excellent and Adam Driver is quickly becoming one of our finest actors. Golshifteh Farahani is lovely here and also deserves more work stateside. Marvin the dog was one of the best dog performances I've ever seen. A great film about poetry which will without a doubt renew the love of writing in many who watch it.
[#6.000th rating] One of the harshest topics to tackle on film: poetry and by extension poets. 1st impression? Underwhelmed by the listless and tepid quality of Ron Padgett's poetry. To be fair the best poem is the one read out loud by the young poet (poem was actually written by Jarmusch himself). Questions: would it not have been better to have JJ write the poems for Paterson? Being that he's an aspiring poet? ▽
Digital. A film that lives exclusively on an authorial convention by its own author and that is so stimulating that doesn't give the will to write about it, except to curse the idea of a supposed automatic acquired sympathy for the dog, the protagonist's wife (so irritating) and the so-called-poetry.
The latest from Jim Jarmusch tells a low key tale of the importance of art and creation in everyday life and how it enriches the basic poetry of existence. Golshifteh Farahani is simply wonderful as Laura who lets her artistic whims take her from one day to the next while her partner Paterson (Adam Driver) expresses his artistic flair in a more personal and private way. Authenticity of relationship is sublime.
Ode to simple life, to the self-accomplishment through art, in parallel to daily work. Above all the couple, center of self-realization. JARMUSCH is a philosopher who always distills his lighting to the sound of a superb music. === Ode à la vie simple, à l'accomplissement de soi par l'art, en parallèle au travail quotidien. Le couple, centre de la réalisation de soi. JARMUSCH philosophe, au son d'une superbe musique.