Warm, heartfelt, and unpretentious, Jim Jarmusch’s latest is an absolute delight.
Paterson (Adam Driver, dependably excellent as a gentle bus driver/poet with great depth) and Laura (Golshifteh Farahani, charming and graceful; likewise), together with their dog Melvin (a bulldog with actual comic timing), live at a languid pace as the repetition of their low-key routines slowly but surely creates a poignant sense of comfort and security.
Revelling in the cozy pleasures of the everyday life of this happily married couple, the film treats its delightful cast of characters with utter sincerity – you’ll want to stick around in this simple, anachronistic world.
It takes a great film to be this quiet and unassuming, yet so oddly memorable. No one else could have made Paterson – it’s quintessential Jarmusch.
CAST: Adam Driver, Golshifteh Farahani, Barry Shabaka Henley
DIRECTOR: Jim Jarmusch
WRITER: Jim Jarmusch
SYNOPSIS: A week in the quiet life of Paterson, a bus driver and a poet, and his wife Laura, an artist, musician and baker, who reside in the town of Paterson, New Jersey.
Paterson was screened In Competition at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival.