(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.
Review Posted at Aesthetics of the Mind:
Through its dreamlike aesthetic, lethargic rhythm, and patterned mise-en-scene, Jim Jarmusch’s densely philosophical tone poem manages to convey a certain unutterable phenomenology, one which is surrealistically experienced in life’s poetic coincidences and confusions. 94/100
Jim Jarmusch’s dreamily, defiantly inert double-tribute to New York School poetry and New Jersey’s third-largest city is my favorite film of his in years, which isn't about to keep me from kvetching about it at length. 3.4.
Jim Jarmusch masterfully dissects the world of extraordinary people doing ordinary things to get by. Favorite moments: the scene with the young poet, the Moonrise Kingdom duo, and any of the scenes with Golshifteh Farahani—who is stunning.