Director: Jim Jarmusch
Writer(s): Jim Jarmusch
Cast: Adam Driver, Golshifteh Farahani
Running Time: 118 minutes
Paterson (Adam Driver) is a bus driver in the city of Paterson, New Jersey – they share the name. Every day, Paterson adheres to a simple routine: he drives his daily route, observing the city as it drifts across his windshield and overhearing fragments of conversation swirling around him; he writes poetry into a notebook; he walks his dog; he stops in a bar and drinks exactly one beer. He goes home to his wife, Laura. By contrast, Laura’s world is ever changing. New dreams come to her almost daily, each a different and inspired project. Paterson loves Laura and she loves him. He supports her newfound ambitions; she champions his secret gift for poetry. The history and energy of the City of Paterson is a felt presence in the film and its simple structure unfolds over the course of a single week. The quiet triumphs and defeats of daily life are observed, along with the poetry evident in its smallest details.
“Poems slip across the screen like water in Paterson, Jim Jarmusch’s wonderful new dispatch from Jarmusch-land.” — Manohla Dargis, NY Times
“Adam Driver gives his loveliest, most lyrical performance in this Jim Jarmusch film-one of the year’s best-that takes its good, sweet time working its way into your mind and heart.” — Peter Travers, Rolling Stone