Cert: 15 Runtime: 118 mins Director: Jim Jarmusch Cast: Adam Driver, Golshifteh Farahani, Barry Shabaka Henley, Kara Hayward, William Jackson Harper and Chasten Harmon
If you ever left me. I’d tear my heart out and never out it back
Paterson a film that was one of my most anticipated of 2016 has finally been viewed in 2017! Jim Jarmusch is a film-maker I adore and respect and any new project is a blessing. With great acclaim from Cannes and very positive reviews no doubt Jarmusch has another great piece of art. So what is Paterson about? Paterson (Adam Driver) is a bus driver who shares his name with his run-down home town of Paterson, New Jersey. His life consists of an orderly routine. Rising each morning just after 6am, he takes a leisurely walk to work and drives his route, with a midday break for lunch. Paterson also eavesdrops on his passengers and carefully observes the world around him, which he uses as inspiration for the poetry he jots down in his notebook. In the evening, he takes his bulldog Marvin for a walk, pausing for a single beer at a local bar. His wife Laura (Golshifteh Farahani), meanwhile, leads an amazingly busy and creative life.
Paterson is a film that looks at routine and ordinariness and succeeds in that is is a, fittingly, poetic look at the joys of simplicity and tranquillity and a wonderfully absorbing film-making. The success of Paterson lies in his hands of Adam Driver, I can only imagine what an effort it must have taken Jarmusch to direct him in the perfect way, to put into words what ultimately he envisioned on screen. Yet, the effort must have been worth it because Driver comes out utterly convincing. This is a performance of nuances, of little details, of eyes wandering in one direction rather than the other and of postures, he covers it all and becomes this quirky character, he sells the idea of an every-man perfectly.Golshifteh Farahani, walks the same line just as finely. Her character is very extrovert, a perfect opposite of what Driver is, and she plays off him magnificently. It could be very easy for her to become a stereotype, a cliché and an annoying presence in the film, she has all the ingredients to be so, but by playing the part so genuinely and lovingly we get a character that is sweet and convincing just as she should be.Their relationship felt incredibly genuine and raw in a way that few films have ever captured.
Jarmusch keeps things simple behind the camera as it should be: the shots are simple, they don’t call attention to themselves and the camera movement is minimal, even though when it actually starts moving there is always a reason for it, this is one of the best examples of charging camera movement with emotion. You are constantly fascinated by the world portrayed on screen and it is thanks to a brilliant puzzle of editing, cinematography sound and performance that manages to capture a simple world and fill it with meaning and evolve only slightly through the film making you fascinated by every word uttered.Paterson is a wonderful experience, it fills your heart up with joy and tranquillity, the poetic nature of the film is a stroke of genius and makes what is possibly the most bland premise of all time a riveting two hour watch that moved me deeply and made me reflect upon a wide range of themes.