In Paterson, New Jersey a poet named Paterson lives a quiet and simple life with his eccentric lover Laura and his dog Marvin. Written and directed by Jim Jarmusch, the film follows a rhythmic pattern similar to poetry. Paterson's poetry doesn't always rhyme, but it is reflective of his charmingly mundane life. This film also has a cute cameo of the kids from Moonrise Kingdom, who are passengers on Paterson's bus.
(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.
This is my sec encounter with Jim Jarmusch and is hard to tell precisely somethin bout Paterson. How this director approach cinematography is somethin unique and once again hard to interpret; way harder to stay in the characters limit. I guess this movie is about those lifes that happens in small towns when every day seems the same but with a little "poetry" those days can be fulfilling. I have this life. 7/10
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.
A couple of interesting ideas. But overall a dull depiction of everyday life of a bus driver inside whom lives a poet (questionable). The wife is weird and not interesting at all and the couple is unreal. English bulldogs have a certain charm for sure, but c'mon, what the fuck is it doing here?
True poetry in motion. One of the most peaceful and relaxing films I've ever seen. The situations are as mundane as the one we live out on our everyday life, but Jarmusch makes them all somehow riveting. Adam Driver's performance is absolutely stellar as is Farahani's
I have a couple of major bones to pick (namely the quasi manic pixie dreamwife and the lazily whimsical conversation at the bench) and the fact that I don't like poems. But Jarmusch (directing, writing and scoring) and Driver (...driving?) more than make up for it. Paterson is the soul food you didn't even know you needed.
I found it a bit too boring and awkward, especially the conversations between Paterson and his wife. I'm not too fond of Jarmusch's films when they have a repetitive structure, I suppose. Appreciating the small moments of our everyday lives sounds good, but if it doesn't have flesh and blood, then it feels kind of strained.