Paterson (2016)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB

USA/France/Germany, 2016, , , , .  Screenplay by Jim Jarmusch.  Cinematography by .  Produced by , .  Music by Jim Jarmusch, Carter Logan, .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

 plays a New Jersey bus driver whose name matches his route, his days spent traveling the same roads again and again but his mind occupied with the poetry that he writes down in his notebook.  At night he goes home to his delightful, artistic girlfriend () and then takes his charismatic dog for a walk to the local bar where he catches up with the locals over a beer.  Sweet and mellow, this look at the extraordinary artistic inspiration that can exist within the common man shows how creation can make a life of eternal, repeating cycles not only bearable but full of its own kind of sweetness.  Jarmusch emphasizes a soft tone from its star and, in never pushing a moral lesson, creates a pace that wraps you in a comfortable, warm glow, sort of an oasis of peace amid the many cinematic options shrieking their demands for your attention and sympathy around it.  Jarmusch’s expertise as a storyteller also allows him the eccentricity of a supporting character who loves covering everything in black and white pain stripes without it becoming a jarring or uncomfortable element; the pleasure of watching as Driver’s choice to express himself through his art makes him so comfortable with the many curious personalities around him is enough to make this film a must-see (and might make it a film with a message after all).

Cannes Film Festival:  In Competition

Toronto International Film Festival:  2016

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