Director: Jim Jarmusch
If jazz music is about the notes you don’t play, then Jim Jarmusch’s Paterson is just that. The film constantly toys with expectations and rejects the subconscious filmic language that an audience carries into a theater. It’s a film that demands the viewer’s attention, not because of a crazy twist, but because the beauty is truly in the details.
Paterson tells the story of Paterson (Adam Driver), a bus driver and aspiring poet who lives in Paterson, New Jersey. His favorite poems are that of Williams Carlos Williams, specifically his work entitled “Paterson.” It’s this kind of repetition and mundanity that fills Paterson’s daily life, but he finds enjoyment in the details. Watching this film is a lot like riding the bus Paterson drives everyday; it may not be the most exciting mode of transportation, but you might come across some interesting sights, and you will eventually reach your destination. The film is the work of an artist who has mastered his craft, and rewards those with the same discipline and patience that was put into it.
“Paterson” opens in select theaters December 28th, 2016.
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