At a time when La La Land is riding high, here's a much richer film about the American artistic life. For Jarmusch, the US is the land of Walt Whitman and Iggy Pop, and he reminds you that, while art may get filtered through studio sets or NYC publishing houses, it springs from ordinary streets like grass growing through cracks in the cement. Driver is perfect, a shy observer spotting poetic links in life's ironies.
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.
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.
There's an intangible effortlessness to Paterson, both the character and the film, which are in many ways one and the same: a free flowing curiosity. Jim Jarmush’s ode to the way life can be lived, the way life should be lived, in all its glorious routines and extra-ordinary rituals, offers a panacea for modern existence.
Paterson is a wonderful little story, told over the course of a fairly routine week in the life of a Paterson, NJ bus driver who is, get this, named Paterson. Adam Driver is excellent in the titular role and Jarmusch finds a subtle poignancy to the slice of life he shares with us.