Director: Jim Jarmusch
Cast: Adam Driver, Golshifteh Farahani
Runtime: 118 minutes
Showtime: April 23rd, 2:15 PM
Toronto Film Critics Association Awards, Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards: Best Actor; Cannes Film Festival: Palme Dog; three other wins, 26 nominations.
“Jarmusch, who made supernatural vampires seem human in Only Lovers Left Alive, now finds inspiration in the mundane.”—Peter Howell, Toronto Star
Paterson presents an alternate style of moviemaking, in which director Jim Jarmusch salutes a life with a refreshing lack of drama.
Paterson (Adam Driver) is a bus driver in Paterson, NJ, a coincidence about which he good-naturedly endures comments he’s clearly heard before. He drives, he lives with his wife and their dog, and every so often he writes poetry — simple but profound lines of verse based on his everyday life. He straightens his leaning mailbox when he arrives home from work. He goes to the bar on his nightly walk with the dog and has a single beer with a roomful of close acquaintances. .
There is an honesty and realism to Adam Driver’s performances that work well in the part of a blue-collar poet who feels no need to court the spotlight — even when his wife Laura (the captivating Golshifteh Farahani) insists he should try to publish. The artsy, slightly flighty Laura is an opposite force to Paterson’s rock-solidness, always in motion, constantly chasing her life dream of the moment.
But again, Jarmusch doesn’t present this as a problem to be solved; it’s just an intertwining of lives, the way lives often really are: imperfect, occasionally maddening, ultimately poetic, in an utterly individual way.
Thank you to sour sponsor Lakehead University Department of English