Nov 9-13, 2017

Paterson

WITH GUEST CINEMATOGRAPHER FREDERICK ELMES

Run Time: 113 mins USA Language: English

Synopsis

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 in his notebook; he walks his dog; he stops in a bar and drinks exactly one beer. Then, he goes home to his wife, Laura (Golshifteh Farahani). By contrast, Laura’s world is ever changing. New dreams come to her almost daily. He supports her newfound ambitions; she champions his gift for poetry. Jarmusch’s distinctive and very often beautiful film quietly observes the triumphs and defeats of daily life, along with the poetry evident in its smallest details. Paterson and Laura’s dog, Nellie, who plays a crucial role in the plot, handily won the Palme Dog at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, where the film was rapturously received.

That the film gorgeously shot by Frederick Elmes, and perfectly played by Driver and Iranian star Golshifteh Farahani as the couple in question—is also a quietly stirring homage to the affirmative power of art makes this something to be savoured. … For Jarmusch… so much depends on the particular quality of the light that falls on the bed where Paterson wakes up every morning next to Laura… Each morning is the same and different. And rapturous.

— Amy Taubin, Film Comment

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 in his notebook; he walks his dog; he stops in a bar and drinks exactly one beer. Then, he goes home to his wife, Laura (Golshifteh Farahani). By contrast, Laura’s world is ever changing. New dreams come to her almost daily. He supports her newfound ambitions; she champions his gift for poetry. Jarmusch’s distinctive and very often beautiful film quietly observes the triumphs and defeats of daily life, along with the poetry evident in its smallest details. Paterson and Laura’s dog, Nellie, who plays a crucial role in the plot, handily won the Palme Dog at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, where the film was rapturously received.

That the film gorgeously shot by Frederick Elmes, and perfectly played by Driver and Iranian star Golshifteh Farahani as the couple in question—is also a quietly stirring homage to the affirmative power of art makes this something to be savoured. … For Jarmusch… so much depends on the particular quality of the light that falls on the bed where Paterson wakes up every morning next to Laura… Each morning is the same and different. And rapturous.

— Amy Taubin, Film Comment

Film Details

USA, 2016
DIRECTED BY JIM JARMUSCH
WRITTEN BY JIM JARMUSCH CINEMATOGRAPHY BY FREDERICK ELMES EDITED BY AFFONSON GONÇALVES
CAST: ADAM DRIVER, GOLSHIFTEH FARAHANI
RUNNING TIME: 113 MINS

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