TIFF 2016 Review: “Paterson” (2016) ★★★★★


I had no idea that Jim Jarmusch had the soul of a poet, as I know no other way to explain what he had accomplished with his latest work called Paterson.

Paterson is a bus driver and a poet, whose daily route, as well as a daily routine life has not changed, most likely for ages. Paterson is inspired by everything around that makes him to write a poem. He enjoys walking his dog to the bar where he can have a glass of beer. He walks home to see his beautiful wife, Laura. One day, Laura asks Paterson to copy all his poems and start sharing them with the world. He promises to do so, but when the disaster strikes their ideal life, things start changing…

Jarmush’s Paterson is all about little details and nuances that makes this film completely work. For instance, when the film begins with Paterson, we find him as an observant person. He looks around the stuff he has at home and begins writing about them. The Ohio Blue Tip matches inspired him enough to be able to find right words and rhytm to describe his feelings to his wife through those matches.

It’s not necessary that all his poems are about his wife, or his lovely relationship wit her, but it’s about how he sees his life, or the life around him is what will stun the viewer. Even when he drives the bus, he pays attention to the dialogues all sorts of passengers have, and the smile he gives is almost like he is already writing a poem in his mind.

In conclusion, Jarmusch’s Paterson is more like an impactful poetry written by the one who created the life. The color, production design, even the cinematography is intact helping Paterson to express itself as a motion picture. To say that the film itself is well written and subtly crafted film won’t be enough to describe the experience you may get seeing it. It’s like a once in a life time experience nobody wants to miss.

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